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JRC supports Galileo eCALL tests for automotive industry

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The JRC will support the Galileo and EGNOS test campaign for eCall devices, which allows eCall device manufacturers to pre-test Galileo and EGNOS compatibility prior to type approval. The GSA (European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency) along with the European Commission invite all eCall device manufacturers, which are suppliers of the automotive industry, to participate and assess their eCALL devices’ capability to support the reception and processing of the Galileo and EGNOS signals.

 

The testing initiative follows the 17 January 2017 publishing of European Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79. According to the regulation, all new M1 (passenger cars) and N1 (light duty vehicles) types must be equipped with eCall in-vehicle systems as of 31 March 2018.

 

The campaign, being conducted in cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, aims to pre-test eCall in-vehicle modules and evaluate their compatibility with the positioning services provided by Galileo and EGNOS in accordance with the test procedures established by the Regulation. Among others, the tests will assess:

  • positioning accuracy under different conditions
  • time-to-first-fix
  • GNSS receiver sensitivity
  • re-acquisition performance following signal outages

 

All tests will be carried out at the JRC’s state-of-the-art Galileo and EGNOS facilities in Ispra, Italy by JRC E2 Technology Innovation in Security Unit.

 

Interested manufacturers may join on a voluntary basis and have the chance to have their eCALL modules tested free of any charges. All results will be kept confidential and covered by individual non-disclosure agreements.

 

GSA has informed all companies manufacturing eCall devices about this call. In order to participate, companies can contact market@gsa.europa.eu no later than 14 April 2017.