EU must act by 2020 to ensure level-playing field for remote access to in-vehicle data


An alliance of stakeholders representing the automotive aftercare market, which includes insurers, has called on EU policymakers to put forward legislation by 2020 to ensure a genuine level-playing field for remote access to in-vehicle data.

In a new manifesto, the alliance said that in order to be able to continue to provide competitive and innovative services and solutions to their customers, independent operators would need (with the consent of the driver):

  • Independent and direct real-time access to in-vehicle generated data that is not monitored by vehicle manufacturers.
  • Bi-directional communication with the vehicle and its functions, independent from the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Safe, secure and independent remote interaction with the driver, using in-vehicle interfaces (eg, via the dashboard or voice commands).
  • Independent software running directly in the connected vehicle to process data as closely as possible to its source.

This is possible by using an in-vehicle open-access platform (OTP). Its inherent security architecture would also support the highest standards in terms of cybersecurity and data privacy, and therefore would not pose a risk in terms of safety and security.

However, extensive testing has shown that these abilities are not adequately addressed in the access model put forward by vehicle manufacturers — the so-called ‘Extended Vehicle’ — which channels all communication for remote data access through the vehicle manufacturer’s proprietary backend server.

In fact, due to its inherent conceptual flaws, such a model could cost up to €65 billion for consumers and independent operators by 2030.