eCall in-vehicle system - type-approval

Regulation (EU) No 2015/758 - eCall in-vehicle system


Regulation (EU) 2015/758 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system based on the 112 service and amending Directive 2007/46/EC


From 31 March 2018, all new types of cars and vans in the EU will be equipped with eCall technology to alert emergency services in the event of a serious accident.


It establishes the general requirements for the EU type-approval* of 112-based (Europe-wide emergency number) eCall vehicle systems, components and separate technical units.


The regulation applies to:

cars (category M1 - passenger cars comprising not more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat),

light commercial vehicles (category N1 - vehicles used to transport goods with a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes).

Manufacturers’ obligations

All new types of the abovementioned vehicles must:

be equipped with a permanently installed 112-based eCall in-vehicle system,

be built in such a way that in the event of a severe accident detected by the vehicle’s sensors or processors, an eCall to the 112 emergency number is triggered automatically,

also have an eCall facility that can be triggered manually,

provide the occupants of the vehicle with a warning if there is a critical system failure that leaves them unable to use the eCall system,

ensure that the receivers for eCall system are compatible with the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems.

Privacy and data protection

Any personal data processed through eCall system must comply with EU data protection and privacy rules. The regulation also sets out a number of specific rules including that:

personal data are only used for dealing with the emergency, kept only as long as is needed to handle the emergency, and are then deleted,

manufacturers make sure the system is not traceable or subject to constant tracking,

data in the internal memory of the system is continually and automatically deleted,

information on the use of personal data is included in the driver’s manual.

From 31 March 2018, EC type-approval will only be granted to vehicles and eCall systems that conform to this regulation.


The Commission must prepare an evaluation report on the achievements of the system by the end of March 2021. The report will look at whether to extend the regulation to other categories of vehicles, such as heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches and agricultural tractors.

For more information, see ‘eCall: Time saved = lives saved’on the European Commission's website.


*Type-approval: Indicates that tests have been done to ensure that the relevant regulatory, technical and safety requirements have been met.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) 2015/758



OJ L 123, 19.5.2015, pp. 77-89


Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles (Framework Directive) (OJ L 263, 9.10.2007, pp. 1-160).

last update 17.09.2015