The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has raised ‘significant concerns’ over how OEMs plan to assert complete control over access to vehicle data.
The BVRLA believes that access to connected vehicle data will be an essential enabler for fleet managers and mobility service providers, and that it is crucial they are able to access a range of independent repairers and develop innovative vehicle data-based services.
The BVRLA was responding to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) publishing its official stance on how vehicle data should be accessed and provided to third parties.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: ‘We completely agree with ACEA’s assertion that access to vehicle data needs to be provided in a standardised format that is safe, secure and provides fair competition.’
However, he said: ‘We have significant concerns over how OEMs plan to assert complete control over access to vehicle data using their cloud-based server or ‘extended vehicle platform’.
‘This may be addressed by ACEA’s reference to the concept of an independently operated ‘neutral server’ that could gather data from vehicle manufacturers, providing multi-brand access.’
In its report, ACEA argued that, to promote competition, service providers should have the choice between accessing data directly through the vehicle manufacturer’s server or via ‘neutral’ servers that would gather the data from vehicle manufacturers’ servers, run independently from the manufacturer but operating under a B2B agreement with them.
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