Vehicle data: Manifesto calls for action

Published:  15 November, 2019

A coalition of European trade federations representing groups including independent garages, parts distributors and component and equipment suppliers has published a manifesto urging the European Commission to legislate to assure fair remote access to in-vehicle date and functional resources.

The IAAF is co-ordinating UK activity as part of the broader European-wide coalition.

The new manifesto posits  that independent operators need four key abilities – subject to the consent of the driver/ owner of the vehicle – in order to provide competitive, innovative services and digital solutions to their customers.

According to the coalition, these might not be possible with the Extended Vehicle model put forward by vehicle manufacturers, which would channel all future communication and data access through the VM’s backend server.

In two recent Resolutions, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to take action to ensure fair, secure, real time and technology neutral access to in-vehicle data for some third part entries.

IAAF Chief executive Wendy Williamson said: “We call on European and national policymakers to present a robust legislative proposal by 2020. By doing so, EU Member States would ensure a competitive services environment and become the leader in connected and autonomous mobility and related services, while at the same time safeguarding its SME-friendly, social and green market economy and benefits to consumers.

“The ability to unleash the innovative and competitive potential of the automotive servicing industry and mobility providers for their services ‘around the car’, must be allowed to continue in the future.”

Wendy added: “We feel it will be detrimental to motorists if the vehicle manufacturers are able to have a monopoly on access to the vehicle’s data/functions and legislation is needed to ensure a level playing field.”

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