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Tracking systems in cars to alert the emergency services of accidents

A new EU law passed on Tuesday last week stating that in 2018 every car and small vehicle will have a tracking device that notifies the emergency services in the event of an accident. A serious crash will prompt an automatic call to the nearest emergency centre.

If no one in the car can speak the tracking system will still relay the exact location of the vehicle, time, direction of travel, scale of the impact and whether the airbags have been deployed. Drivers will also have the option to press a button inside their car to alert the emergency services if they have witnessed an accident and are unfamiliar with the surroundings.

Checks have shown that the technology could reduce emergency services response times up to 60% in cities and 50% in the countryside. This reduction could potentially save 2,500 lives and lower the amount of severe injuries obtained by others.

Gunther H Oettinger a European commissioner said that the new law was a ‘perfect example’ of the European Union promoting a technology that will ‘save peoples lives’.

There have been several privacy concerns over personal information, habits and frequent locations being readily available for companies and potential hackers to see. British Ministers have warned that the benefits to the UK may be ‘outweighed by the costs’ to set up and implement the new law.

What do you think? Will this improve emergency response times?

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