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BVRLA concerned over access to vehicle data

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says it has “significant concerns” over how vehicle manufacturers plan to control connected car data.

It welcomed the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) decision to outline its official stance on how vehicle data should be accessed and provided to third parties.

However, the BVRLA has serious concerns about the potential implications ACEA’s scenario could present for vehicle owners and their ability to access a range of independent repairers or develop innovative vehicle data-based services.

The vehicle rental and leasing trade body believes that access to connected vehicle data will be a vital enabler in delivering the fleet management and mobility services of the future.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “We completely agree with ACEA’s assertion that access to vehicle data needs to be provided in a standardised format that is safe, secure and provides fair competition.”

But, he added: “We have significant concerns over how OEMs plan to assert complete control over access to vehicle data using their cloud-based server or ‘extended vehicle platform’.

“This may be addressed by ACEA’s reference to the concept of an independently operated ‘neutral server’ that could gather data from vehicle manufacturers, providing multi-brand access.”

The BVRLA is already working with its members to explore potential use cases for connected vehicle data and how access to this data should be provided.

The association is also liaising with a range of fleet and motoring organisations in the UK. Leaseurope, which represents the BVRLA and similar national trade bodies across Europe, is co-ordinating activity in Brussels. 

“Survey after survey has shown that vehicle owners think connected vehicle data belongs to them and they should decide who it is shared with,” said Keaney. “They also want to preserve their freedom in choosing where their vehicle gets repaired.

“The ACEA paper refers to ‘vehicle users’ but makes almost no reference to vehicle owners. It is now imperative that motor manufacturers start addressing the specific data access requirements of a very significant group of vehicle owners and purchasers – leasing and rental companies.”


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  • Derek webb - 16/12/2016 14:07

    I am in agreement with these concerns, not so much who owns the data more what is done with it. The information gathered by connected cars is red hot stuff. Marketing Companies will have a field day with product placement - fuel stops, pubs and restaurants visited, shops used, school runs (children ads), where one lives (income category) and on and on. As well as this it will tell someone who your customers are and how often you visit them. My car tells me all I need to know about its roadworthyness and up-coming service needs as well the prevailing road and journey conditions without being "connected". I don't believe that any modern "its good for the consumer" claim is a one way street and connected cars certainly fit into that category.

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