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Soon, new cars in Europe will automatically call police in a crash
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Coming soon here?

Beginning March 31, 2018, all new vehicles sold in the European Union will be required to carry an emergency call system that automatically dispatches assistance to the scene of a crash.

The "auto SOS" system, dubbed eCall, was approved by European Parliament yesterday after two years of debate over privacy concerns, reports BBC News. In the event of a crash, the device calls the E.U.'s 911 equivalent (112) and transmits to authorities important information including location, time, and number of passengers in the vehicle. An in-car button will also be installed in all vehicles. The eCall requirement will add an estimated $100 to the price of a car.

Each year nearly 26,000 people are killed in the E.U. by car crashes. This new device is estimated to reduce that number by 10 percent, saving 2,600 lives annually, by cutting down emergency response time by as much as 60 percent.

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Tom Tom 2.0?

The Dutch firm sold data to authorities in the Netherlands, who cross-referenced the GPS records of routes and speeds to identify locations where speed traps would catch most drivers.
TomTom apologised to angry users yesterday and said it will not allow such uses in future.
“We never foresaw this kind of use and many of our clients are not happy about it," Harold Goddijn, chief executive of TomTom, said in an email to customers.
He said the firm believed the data would be used to relieve traffic bottlenecks of improve safety, and that new licensing agreements would "prevent this type of use in the future”.
Use of the data for speed trap targeting was exposed by a report in the Dutch newspaper AD.

http://www.telegraph.....traps.html

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