Europe’s Galileo, Egnos satnav systems to be liable for accidents caused by signal defects

by Peter B. de Selding

MUNICH – Europe’s satellite navigation programs, Galileo and Egnos, will have legal liability for road accidents or emergency-response failures caused by defective signals under legislation to take effect on April 1, when all new cars sold in the European Union will be obliged to carry in-car navigation systems.

The eCall legislation has been applauded as a way of stimulating the deployment of GNSS, or global navigation satellite systems, in Europe and promoting the downstream market for Galileo and Egnos hardware.

While eCall does not stipulate that Galileo and Egnos only can be used, chipmakers have already signaled that . . .

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