Today a coalition of independent aftermarket service providers, drivers and insurers has joined the tire industry in calling upon EU decision makers to ensure a level playing field for remote access to in-vehicle data.
This call for action comes in advance of the European Commission’s Strategy on Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility, expected on May 16, which the coalition hopes will set the pace for a future legislative initiative.
The coalition is urging the European Commission to set a ‘robust regulatory framework for an interoperable, standardized, secure and safe onboard application platform’. It has also stressed that until such a platform is in place, there must be guaranteed non-discriminatory access to existing in-vehicle telematics systems used by vehicle manufacturers or their selected third parties.
“For the tire industry, having real-time access to in-vehicle data is first and foremost a question of safety. The more automated the vehicle, the more remote, seamless and deep diagnosis will be needed in a prognostic-oriented operation to guarantee safe operation of the vehicle under critical circumstances. This is why we believe that the proposed platform would be an essential safety feature of the vehicle in motion,” said Fazilet Cinaralp (left), secretary general of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA). “The clock is ticking and connected mobility is no longer a dream of the future: we need legislative action from the Commission and fast.”
Earlier this year a similar call from the European Parliament urged the Commission to publish a legislative proposal on access to in-vehicle data and resources. The European Parliament has been proactive in its discussions on access to data, and has debated cybersecurity for connected and automated vehicles in the transport sector.