This paper proposes an automatic emergency reporting system as an ASV technology for preventing secondary damage. In the event a vehicle is involved in an accident or other emergency situation, this system automatically reports the vehicle`s present position along with information on the vehicle and owner to an operations center via radio signals. This makes it possible to dispatch an ambulance or other emergency vehicle more quickly. A prototype simulation system has been built consisting of a custom designed control unit for in-vehicle use and a personal computer that simulates an operations center. The interface between the control unit and the personal computer is a wireless modem. The navigation system offered in the Cedric was modified for use as the vehicle location sensor and map database of the operations center. In experiments conducted on the system, information was transmitted from the control unit and shown on a digital map display on the personal computer screen in about ten seconds following activation of an emergency signal. 5 figs.