All new passenger and freight transport vehicles licensed in the Eurasian Economic Union member states (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia) are required to be equipped with the emergency call system (like Russian-made ERA-GLONASS or its EEU analogues) as from Jan. 1, 2017, reports the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
“The introduction of emergency call system in cars is an important step in improvement of safety of wheeled vehicles in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union,” the statement reads.
As of today, all mass-market car brands, like Lada, Hyundai, KIA, Renault, and Volkswagen, and premium names, like BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Bentley, and Rolls Royce, which supply products to the EEU, have equipped their vehicles with the system or in the process of doing so.
The ground-based ERA-GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is a Russia’s version of the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and has been in use since the beginning of 2015. It is real-time satellite technology used in reporting traffic accidents by calling automatically the 112 emergency service number in case of an accident. The communication takes less than 20 seconds.
To recall, all new cars sold in the 28 Member States of the European Union will be obliged to be equipped with a similar emergency call technology named eCall starting from March 2018.
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