UAE to make emergency call systems mandatory in 2021 vehicle models

The eCall system will be implement by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

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The UAE Cabinet has adopted the technical regulations for adoption of emergency communication systems (eCall) in vehicles (UAE.S 5019: 2018), issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA).

The system which aims to reduce the response time for vehicles involved in traffic accidents by up to 40% is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the second globally, following the European Union.

According to Abdullah Al Maeeni, director-general of ESMA, the eCall emergency communication system will be activated in the UAE via 2021 vehicle models delivered to the country's markets in 2020. ESMA will be cooperating with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, to implement the system.

"When a collision occurs between two vehicles, or the vehicle collides with an object, the eCall system is activated and communicates via the driver's mobile network. The incident is then reported to the nearest emergency point with GPS location, time, and vehicle plate numbers allowing concerned authorities and emergency response teams to arrive at the scene of the accident in the shortest possible time,” he said.

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