Car data: Automakers welcome European Commission’s focus on safe and secure access

Brussels, 17 May 2018 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is pleased to see that the European Commission is giving priority to ensuring safe and secure access to vehicle data in the third EU Mobility Package that was presented today.

In its new Communication ‘On the Road to Automated Mobility’, the Commission mentions the off-board model for sharing “in-vehicle data on so-called extended vehicle data platform servers” which is currently already being “implemented by several vehicle manufacturers”.

ACEA agrees with the Commission that the right approach to data access must ensure “safety and cybersecurity, in full compliance with the […] protection of personal data.” Our industry is convinced that this can only be achieved if relevant vehicle data are communicated to an off-board facility, from where service providers can access the data. This approach minimises safety and security risks in a way which no other method of access to vehicle data can accomplish.

ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert, cautioned: “The safety of drivers and passengers is paramount to us. That is why we need to use this secure off-board model for data sharing.” Jonnaert: “Giving third-parties direct and uncontrolled access to data in a moving vehicle is an open door for hackers. How well would you sleep at night with your front door wide open?”

The automobile industry is also committed to making vehicle data available to all service providers under the same conditions. ACEA members are currently working with their partners to ensure that the off-board access model ensures fair and undistorted competition between service providers.

ACEA looks forward to maintaining an open dialogue with the European Commission and market players to further improve the off-board model and to address any remaining concerns.

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Notes for editors

  • Visit www.CarDataFacts.eu to learn more about sharing vehicle data in the most safe and secure way.

About ACEA

  • ACEA represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.

About the EU automobile industry

  • 12.6 million people - or 5.7% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3.3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent almost 11% of EU manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for some €413 billion in tax contributions in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with more than €50 billion invested annually.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of about €90 billion for the EU.