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May 31, 2018updated 30 May 2018 3:50pm

Leaseurope: EC mobility plan lacks clarity on access to in-car data

Leaseurope has said the EC’s third legislative Mobility Package, which covers a wide range of topics, including connected and automated driving, lacks clarity on access to in-car data.

By Brian Cantwell

Leaseurope has said the EC’s third legislative Mobility Package, which covers a wide range of topics, including connected and automated driving, lacks clarity on access to in-car data.

The European leasing trade association is one of a coalition that had ‘serious concerns’ about the ability to legislate effectively for digital services around cars and the creation of a level playing field for businesses creating products in that area.

“[The coalition] welcomes the Commission’s acknowledgment of the vehicle manufacturers’ privileged position on ‘access to car data and vehicle resources’ and the issues it raises for fair and undistorted competition, in particular in the form of centralised ‘extended vehicle data platform servers’,” wrote Leaseurope.

“However, our stakeholder coalition has serious concerns because the package fails to set out a clear legislative pathway to guarantee a level playing field for all digital products and services ‘around the car’, which would ensure that consumers can truly decide who they share their car data with and for what specific services.”

Leaseurope said the Commission’s proposals reiterate previous statements found in its GEAR 2030 Report, and falls significantly short of what is required to ensure competitive digital services and products for drivers.

“Unless legislation is implemented on an interoperable, standardised, secure and safe digital in-vehicle telematics platform, then there is a serious threat to competition, innovation and consumer choice for mobility services and digital products. The time to act is now, as the volume of connected vehicles is rapidly increasing.

It called upon the EC to act upon its recommendation to “monitor the situation on access to in-vehicle data and resources” and deliver – also in line with the Parliament‘s Report on C-ITS – a concrete work programme leading to a legal framework enabling equal competition in digital services.

“Moreover, the Commission can prove its commitment now by adopting a definition of Remote Diagnostics Support (currently under discussion as follow-up of the Repair and Maintenance Information provisions of the Vehicle Type-Approval Regulation) which should enable a remote, bi-directional and independent communication with the vehicle for service providers to access in-vehicle data,” wrote Leaseurope.

“Furthermore and until a legislative proposal is adopted, all service providers should have the right to non-discriminatory access to vehicle manufacturers’ own systems of access to in-vehicle data and resources or to those in-vehicle data/resources systems offered already today to chosen third parties, which is currently not the case.”

 

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