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S. Korean experts eye establishing emergency call service for car accidents

All Headlines 15:09 August 31, 2016

DAEJEON, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- A group of experts related with electronics and intelligent transport systems established a forum on Wednesday to initiate the establishment of an electronic safety system that automatically calls emergency services when there's a car accident, especially in a remote place, the group said.

The group comprising officials from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and the Intelligent Transport Systems Korea, an industry group, met at a Seoul hotel to inaugurate the forum tasked with making preparations to operate the e-call service

The envisaged service would use an e-call device in vehicles to sense when a serious accident has occurred and to automatically make a 119 emergency call. This would allow emergency services to be contacted when drivers are knocked unconscious.

If the service goes operational, South Korea is expected to reduce the death toll from traffic accidents by 2-3 percent, or 100-150 deaths, per year.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has worked closely with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to introduce the e-call service as part of efforts to cut traffic-related deaths.

The ETRI, which was designated last year as the main organization to develop the in-vehicle communication technology, will be responsible for the entire process ranging from overall management of the technology development to its standardization and demonstration.

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