It's ostensibly to save 2,500 lives out of 500,000,000 each year by installing sensors to trigger a phone call to the emergency services in the event of a crash.
Quote from a Green MEP & a member of the Transport & Tourism Committee: "We must stop thinking people have a right to drive a car."
The EU has been trying to introduce eCall for nearly a decade, but attempts to bring it in voluntarily have failed.... The Commission now wants it to be compulsory for all cars made in the EU, at a cost of around £80 (100 euros) for each device, when fitted in the factory....A European Parliamentary committee report says it should go further and consider extending eCall to other vehicles like buses, coaches, lorries and motorcycles.And if you think that's all it will be used for you're living in la-la land.
Although the eCall service will be provided free of charge, the Commission expects the technology to be used for commercial purposes in future, such as tracking stolen vehicles or charging road tolls electronically.