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eCall Devices Compulsory in all New Cars Sold in EU

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Since the 31st March 2018, a requirement for eCall devices to be fitted in all new cars sold in the EU has come in to effect. The devices automatically contact rescue services in the event of a road accident, relaying the time and location of the crash. This new requirement is a measure designed to reduce the response times of emergency services.

To address concerns about privacy in relation to compulsory tracking devices, the European Commission have released a disclaimer.

 

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Explorathon 2017

Explorathon 2017

Explorathon returns to Aberdeen for the fourth time this Friday (29th September). A variety of events will take place in venues around the city, including:

  • A screening of the classic Arnold Schwartzenegger film Total Recall preceded by a talk on psychiatric controversies
  • A discussion on the real science and history behind Game of Thrones with comedian Helen Keen
  • A talk on how crude oil is turned in to plastic bags
  • An exploration of the importance of Aberdeen Bay for community well-being
  • and much more!

To view a complete list of what’s going on, have a look at the programme of events.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme

New EU Parliament video: Combatting planned obsolescence

obsolescenceIt is a sad fact that many technological items are manufactured to have deliberately limited life spans in order to force consumers to replace products more regularly. To combat this, the European Parliament wants to set minimum resistance criteria for products so that consumers can have a better idea of how durable the item is. If products are built with better quality components that aren’t completely sealed in they will last longer and be more easily repairable. Over three-quarters of EU consumers would prefer to fix broken products than buy new ones, so the will is there. Have a look at this EuroparlTV video to find out more about the issue.