EU will force new cars to have positioning and cell phones after October 2015

A Cambridge Journal, Friday 11 April 2014

by Stephen Hewitt

A recent edition of a trade magazine reveals that in the EU all cars sold after 1 October 2015 will have to have positioning technology and a cell telephone which can call the emergency services. The reporter writes “It might also appear curious that, given eCall's advent is just 18 months away, there appears to be relatively low public awareness of this transformative initiative.” (Calling all cars, James Hayes, p58, Engineering and Technology, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014)

Years ago a court case in the USA was reported where such a device had been used by the FBI to bug someone's car. The report said that the US court ruled that this was illegal only because it also stopped the device being used for its ostensible purpose. See Big Brother on Board below.


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