Access to data about your mobility habits should only be with your full, informed consent
Cars equipped with sensors, GPS (location awareness) and communication devices can collect, store and send more and more data about drivers' behaviour, preferences and vehicle status.
Connected car systems available today can help the emergency services rescue you after a crash, tailor commercial offers to your trip or warn you of your car’s maintenance needs.
Data about your car's status, the number of passengers and your driving pattern enables companies to offer personalised services.
There is a rush to control this data and many vehicle manufacturers, who control this data at present, aim to become the service provider for all your car-related needs.
This vehicle connectivity requires an update of the legal framework on access to repair and maintenance information.
The AA and other motoring clubs (members of the FIA) across Europe believe that access to data about your mobility habits should only be with your full, informed consent.
You should be the one who decides if data is shared and with whom it is shared. This would ensure that you have the freedom to choose any service you like for your motoring over the car's lifetime, and would allow service providers to compete freely to offer the most added-value for the data you agree to share.
The European Commission and Parliament should create a framework that allows fair competition among service providers to guarantee free, informed choice of connected vehicle services.
Independent research, commissioned by FIA Region I on behalf of motoring clubs across Europe shows just how much data new vehicles are able to track and transmit.
The investigation of two new vehicles showed that, in addition to driver profiles and vehicle location, trip length and personal information synced from mobile phones is tracked and can be transmitted back to the manufacturer.
The results show just how much vehicles are ‘saying’ about drivers, compared to what consumers may think. Today, only vehicle manufacturers have direct access to this in-vehicle data.
|Tracked data||Test vehicle 1 (conventionally fuelled)||Test vehicle 2 (electric)|
My Car My Data Infographic
The FIA commissioned a Europe-wide survey of 12,013 respondents across 12 countries which included 999 respondents in the UK.
(24 November 2015)
*For the purposes of the survey a connected car was defined as "A car equipped with Internet access that can send and receive data on the vehicle’s status, condition and user preferences. Smartphone applications, car diagnostics and parking recommendations can use the vehicle data and be displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard screen”.