On 14th and 15th of May, the kickoff for the project sAFE took place in Hamburg. The project that involves 37 partners (including associated partners) and includes 5.3m Euro project volume is coordinated by OECON Products & Services GmbH. Project sAFE will run until December 2020 and define the standards and specifications for deployment of aftermarket systems for the Pan European eCall based on 112. In order to maximize the effect of deployment of aftermarket systems, the scope of this project does not only include existing vehicle categories but also high risk vehicle groups such as motorcycles, lorries, buses and coaches. This will deliver significant safety benefits and create new markets for aftermarket 112 eCall.
eCall based on 112 is now mandatory in Europe for all new types of cars and light commercial vehicles manufactured after the 31st March 2018. However, this leaves the majority of vehicles unable to access the eCall 112 service in the short to medium term. In order to address this challenge and to pave the way for deployment of eCall aftermarket systems, project sAFE has been funded under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) by the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).