The automatic eCall system will be rolled out in all cars imported to the UAE.

If you’re looking to buy a car, you might want to hold off for a little while – as an important new safety feature is coming our way.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that an eCall system will be fitted in all new vehicles imported to the UAE from the start of 2019.

The groundbreaking system will enable drivers to automatically report an accident from their car at the push of a button. And it won’t come at any extra cost, either.

The initiative, rolled out in cooperation with Dubai and Abu Dhabi Police, will be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

It aims to accelerate the accident response time, speed up communication with emergency teams and reduce the opportunity for human error when reporting an accident location.

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So, how does it work?

At the push of a button, the eCall system will automatically connect the vehicle to the emergency control centre with all the vehicle data.

The system senses the magnitude of the accident, and immediately contact the relevant emergency centre. It can then also accurately transmit the geographical location of the incident, as well as other relevant data.

The eCall then provides voice communication between the vehicle owner and emergency centre staff, so they can establish things such as the severity of the accident, passenger condition and other necessary information.

The relevant emergency service is then deployed to the accident.

We can expect this to be very useful when describing a location is particularly tricky, or in more serious cases when a driver may be unable to communicate due to injury…

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