8 Apr 19

Restricted vehicle data access could cost €65 billion p.a.

Current models allowing access to vehicle data will potentially cost European consumers and aftermarket service providers €65 billion per year by 2030, a new independent study ordered by FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) EMEA finds.

Today, OEMs are developing their own models for remote access to vehicle data by service providers, which entails  fundamental challenges including access costs and data restrictions.

Laurianne Krid, Director General at FIA Region I, commented: “Car connectivity is no longer about the future, it’s here and it’s impacting on consumers and independent service providers alike. This study makes it clear that we need to act now to guarantee competition and consumers’ ability to choose from a variety of service providers. Robust and binding EU rules are urgently needed.”

The European Commission is expected to shortly come forward with a non-binding Recommendation covering vehicle data access.

Consumers want remote fixing

The study also finds that European motorists see the benefits of car connectivity – almost 70% of drivers, for instance, are willing to have their cars fixed remotely, rather than having a physical inspection at a garage.

Krid added: “There are alternatives to the current models that can secure consumer choice, fair competition and cybersecurity. But the longer we have to wait for EU action, the less we can expect from innovation in the digital era. Ultimately, this means poorer services for motorists and lower societal benefits.”

Authored by: Dieter Quartier