eCall trial said to prove pan-European benefits of system
The trial was run by NXP Semiconductors NV and involved partners including BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, Deutsche Telekom, Dekra, and European automobile clubs such as Touring, ANBW, AvD, and UAMK.
Three cars equipped with NXP’s telematics solution ATOP (Automotive Telematics On-Board Unit Platform) drove a total of 16,000km through 16 different EU countries over the two-week trial, making a total of 15,000 eCalls via the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners; the eCalls were received and processed by IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, and BMW servers or call centres.
On their way to the final destination of Brussels, the three BMWs regularly sent test eCalls in each country they crossed, demonstrating that the technology is capable of working across borders, regardless of which standards (SMS-based or in-band modem) prevail locally.
Juhani Jääskeläinen, European Commission, said: 'We are pleased to see that the implementation of eCall is becoming a reality in Europe. The closure of this eCall tour by a consortium of industry partners is an important step towards the EU's objective to have eCall deployed in all cars in Europe as soon as possible.'
Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO, a European public-private partnership for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems, welcomed the trial initiative: 'It is fantastic to see this cooperation of major eCall stakeholders to show their support and the functioning of this life-saving service.'