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EU plans automatic accident alert device for new cars. 11/09/12

The European Parliament has backed a plan to fit a device to all new cars that will automatically alert emergency services in the event of an accident.

It could be made compulsory to fit a device to all new cars that automatically contacts emergency services using the EU wide standard emergency phone number 112.

The system called eCall is already fitted to a small number of cars, but the EU believe that making the device mandatory could save thousands of lives every year.

It is also hoped that the device could also help reduce the response time of emergency services by up to 50%.

The UK Government however has expressed reservations about the proposals stating that the costs of the new system may outweigh the benefits it may provide.

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