GSA launches Galileo and EGNOS test campaign for eCall devices

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01 March 2017
According to European Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79, all new passenger cars and light duty vehicles must be equipped with eCall in-vehicle systems by 31 March 2018.

The pre-test, which is free of charge, aims to support eCall device manufactures in their preparation for type approval.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has officially launched 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, along with the European Commission, invite all eCall device manufacturers, such as tier-1 suppliers, to participate and assess their devices’ capability to support the reception and processing of the Galileo and EGNOS signals.

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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 (JRC), aims to pre-test eCall in-vehicle models 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 held at the JRC’s state-of-the-art Galileo and EGNOS facilities in Ispra, Italy.

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Manufacturers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, which is completely free-of-charge and on a voluntary basis, to support their preparation for type approval. All results will be kept confidential and covered by individual non-disclosure agreements. For more information, contact the GSA Market Development Department ( no later than 14 April 2017.

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Updated: Dec 08, 2022