Spying or Safety? EU Says All New Cars Must Have a ‘Black Box’


All new cars and vans throughout the EU must be fitted with an ‘SOS’ black box within three years, the European Parliament has ruled. The device will automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident.

The device, called eCall, will dial the EU-wide emergency number 112 if an accident occurs. This will give authorities the exact location and time of the crash, as well as the number of passengers in the vehicle. It will also state the direction of travel and the position of the crash.

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According to EU representatives, the device has been shown to cut emergency response times by half in rural areas, and up to 60 percent in towns and cities. For those injured in a car crash, this could mean the difference between life and death.

Road safety experts say the device – which will be mandatory from April 2018 – could cut road…

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