Creating a level playing field for vehicle data access in the interest of consumers:
Brussels, 30 March 2021 – A large coalition representing automotive dealers, aftermarket and consumers is calling on the European Union to take on board its proposal for a Secure On-board Telematics Platform (S-OTP) when legislating on access to in-vehicle data. In the detailed document, “Creating a level playing field for vehicle data access: Secure On-board Telematics Platform Approach”, publishers of technical information, body repairers, dealers and workshops, garage equipment suppliers, tyre manufacturers, road patrols, parts distributors and leasing and rental companies, as well as consumers, provide technical and commercial arguments sustaining their recommendation.
It is a solution guaranteeing true consumer choice, effective competition and free entrepreneurship in a secure and technology-neutral manner.
With the advent of the connected car, competition now starts in the vehicle where the ability to safely and securely access in-vehicle data, functions and resources determines the quality of the service. The intention of the S-OTP is therefore to ensure that consumers can still choose and rely on service providers, many of them SMEs, to benefit from innovative, competitive and affordable services and products, improving road mobility, safety and sustainability. To do so, service providers have to be able to compete with all mobility stakeholders, some of whom might be tempted to act as “gatekeepers” through proprietary access methods to in-vehicle data.
As a solution addressing the challenges of true consumer choice, security and free entrepreneurship in the automotive services sector, the S-OTP is based on some key characteristics, such as:
• Consumer is in full control regarding the access to in-vehicle data;
• A clear separation of duties, with free management of access control for all service providers, including vehicle manufacturers;
• Unmonitored and undistorted communication between in-vehicle services and their respective back ends;
• Independent customer contract/direct consent management and service offering without the interposition of the vehicle manufacturer;
• Standardised access to in-vehicle networks via safe and secure software interfaces enabling bi-directional communication with the vehicle;
• The ability to safely interact with the driver through the vehicles human-machine interfaces.
Enabling effective competition in the automotive aftermarket, the S-OTP would benefit consumers and society at large, by:
• Empowering consumers by ensuring their rights on privacy and widening their choice of service providers;
• Boosting innovation and facilitating the digital transformation of mobility and the deployment of a digital ecosystem of services;
• Contributing to the European Union’s path to become a frontrunner in connected and autonomous mobility and related services.
The S-OTP concept is in line with the European institutions’ ambitious goals to foster innovation and legislate in a way that works for the modern economy. The initial concept has been enriched to take into account the increased (cyber-)security requirements, by including certification of service providers and a robust approach to the development of secure applications, which consumers and operators can choose to install in their vehicles.
The coalition of associations has fed this concept into the study conducted by TRL on behalf of the European Commission, and invite the European legislators to take into account this detailed and complete solution (which enables consumers, vehicles and independent businesses to go smarter, safer, greener) when assessing legislative options.
On 1 July 2022, the Netherlands will be the first country in Europe to start mandatory particle measurement for diesel cars Commercial vehicles and trucks. The Dutch government had already adopted a particle measurement procedure at the end of 2020, but now also within the PTI.
Diesel passenger cars must have a manufacturer-mounted particulate filter from 2011 to meet European emission requirements. For diesel delivery vehicles this will apply from 2012. It is now estimated that there are between 100,000 and 125,000 diesel cars in the Netherlands that are subject to the PTI and cannot pass the test because the particulate filter is defective or has been removed. As a result, they emit more particulate matter than is legally permitted.
Originally, the measurement procedure was to start on 1 January 2022 as part of the periodic technical vehicle inspection. The transitional period for the introduction of the procedure has been extended by six months. In addition, the permissible particulate limit value for diesel vehicles first registered in 2015 has been raised from 250,000 ppm to 1,000,000. The responsible ministry justified the increase by stating that the aim of the particle measurement procedure is to detect and remove from circulation primarily diesel vehicles with manipulated/dismantled particle filters. RAI association https://www.raivereniging.nl/ section manager Martijn van Eikenhorst welcomes the introduction of particle filter retesting under the PTI from July 2022. “Measuring is knowing. And in this way, we ensure that not only new cars, but also the driving fleet remains as clean as possible. This is an important step towards a healthy mobility system.”
Besides the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany are also preparing a particle measurement procedure for diesel vehicles. In Germany, it was originally planned to start particle measurement as part of the periodic technical vehicle inspection on 1 January 2021. This plan failed in practice due to the timely definition of an agreed test procedure by the responsible authorities and the responsible Federal Ministry of Transport in Berlin. Questions regarding the calibration and verification of the systems and procedures have also remained unresolved in Germany to date, despite intensive support from experts in the workshop equipment industry and the ASA Federal Association. Experts do not expect a particle measurement procedure to be launched in Germany before January 2023.
In the EGEA, there will be an exchange of experiences and developments around particle measurement in the working groups in the future and the know-how will be accessible to all eleven national associations within the EGEA. “Of course, we will also share our knowledge with those responsible in European politics and, where desired, we will be happy to provide technical advice with our experts,” concluded Jordi Brunet, Secretary General of the EGEA in Brussels.
12 measures for the recovery and post-COVID-19 period
Brussels, 17th of June 2020 – Six associations representing different sectors of the automotive servicing and mobility value chain, which brings together more than 500.000 SMEs and 4,3 million jobs, as well as the umbrella association of European SMEs, have published today a set of 12 measures for the recovery and post-COVID-19 period.
This essential sector has been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and its economic and social consequences, putting the prosperous development of companies and of jobs is at risk. In order to allow a swift relaunch of the automotive aftermarket and assist the European Union’s institutions in identifying the appropriate measures on the recovery path, the signatories representing different sectors of the automotive/mobility value chain have prepared a set of 12 detailed recommendations.
These 12 proposals do not look only at measures and incentives which could address, in the short term, the imminent effects of the crisis and kickstart the economy, but in the medium- to long-term to build lasting and prosperous recovery making the entire sector stronger and more resilient to future unexpected events.
- Addressing liquidity of SMEs
- Targeted measures to those in need
- Specific funding opportunities for responsible investments and qualified workforce
- Free movement of labour
- Free movement of goods
- Safe working places for employees in Europe
- Encourage people to get their vehicles ‘eco-checked’
- Contribute to ensuring a cleaner environment – eliminate ‘gross polluters’ during PTI
- Digitalisation: Swift adoption of EU legislation on access to in-vehicle data and resources needed
- Promote the circular economy and move towards a more sustainable & circular automotive services sector
- Maintain and modernise the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation
- Organise a European Automobile Value Chain Summit
For both the recovery plan and post-COVID world, putting SMEs in the centre of its focus would help unleash their important contribution towards the whole European economy. Equally, in line with the objectives of the EU, helping the sector on its way to be more digitised and circular, will make the EU and its economy more sustainable, resilient and fit for current and future mobility, labour and environmental challenges.
“A swift adoption of EU legislation on access to in-vehicle data and resources is needed to enable the automotive aftermarket to succeed in the digitalisation challenge” – ADPA President, Ralf Pelkmann
“We urgently need support measures of financial and economic nature to fight the imminent effects of the crisis and relaunch economic activity in Europe” – AIRC Director General, Thomas Aukamm
“Encourage people to get their vehicles ‘eco-checked’ will stimulate demand and contribute to the EU’s environmental objectives ” – CECRA Director General, Bernard Lycke
“We can foster economic activity across the whole automotive sector value chain while being in line with the wider goals of the European Union” – EGEA Secretary General, Jordi Brunet
“We want to resolve the current issues, return to a ‘new normal’, and reimagine the industry to make it competitive, resilient and sustainable” – FIGIEFA CEO, Sylvia Gotzen.
“The Single Market, protecting companies, employees and consumers, has to work again; free movement of labour and of goods must be reinstated” – SMEunited Secretary General, Véronique Willems
“Promoting the circular economy and moving towards a more sustainable and circular automotive servicing sector will help us address tomorrow’s challenges” – UEIL Board Member, Jos Jong
The undersigned stakeholder coalition welcomes the Commission’s acknowledgement of the vehicle manufacturers’ privileged position on ‘access to car data and vehicle resources’ and the issues it raises for fair and undistorted competition, in particular in the form of centralised ‘extended vehicle data platform servers’.
However, our stakeholder coalition has serious concerns because the package fails to set out a clear legislative pathway to guarantee a level playing field for all digital products and services ‘around the car’, which would ensure that consumers can truly decide who they share their car data with and for what specific services.
The Commission’s proposals merely reiterate previous statements found in its GEAR 2030 Report, and falls significantly short of what is required to ensure competitive digital services and products for drivers.
Unless legislation is implemented on an interoperable, standardised, secure and safe digital in-vehicle telematics platform, then there is a serious threat to competition, innovation and consumer choice for mobility services and digital products. The time to act is now, as the volume of connected vehicles is rapidly increasing.
The coalition therefore calls upon the Commission to act upon its recommendation to “monitor the situation on access to in-vehicle data and resources” and deliver – also in line with the Parliament‘s Report on C-ITS – a concrete work programme leading to a legal framework enabling equal competition in digital services.
Moreover, the Commission can prove its commitment now by adopting a definition of Remote Diagnostics Support (currently under discussion as follow-up of the Repair and Maintenance Information provisons of the Vehice Type-Approval Regulation) which should enable a remote, bi-directional and independent communication with the vehicle for service providers to access in-vehicle data.
Furthermore and until a legislative proposal is adopted, all service providers should have the right to non-discriminatory access to vehicle manufacturers’ own systems of access to in-vehicle data and resources or to those in-vehicle data/resources systems offered already today to chosen third parties, which is currently not the case.
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Undersigned Industry, Consumer and SME Associations:
ADPA – the European Independent Data Publishers Association aims to ensure fair access to automotive data and information and to provide competitive framework conditions for independent data publishers. This will allow the publishers to be able to design and provide competitive, innovative and multibrand products and services to operators of the automotive aftermarket. Contact: Laurence Eeckhout – EU Affairs Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org – tel: +32 2 761 95 16.
CECRA – the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs- is the European Federation representing the interests of the motor trade and repair businesses and European Dealer Councils on behalf of vehicle dealers for specific makes. Its main aim is to maintain a favourable European regulatory framework for the enterprises of motor trade and repair businesses it represents. Contact: Bernard Lycke – Director General – Bernard.email@example.com – tel: +32 2 771 96 56.
CITA is the international association of public and private sector organisations actively practicing compulsory inspection of in-service motor vehicles and their trailers, or with responsibility for authorising and supervising inspection organisations. CITA has defined its vision as enabling its members to play an influential role in the development and implementation of policies for safe and sustainable road usage. This vision will be supported by CITA’s Mission to provide the forums to create, assess and promote best practice, ensuring safe and compliant vehicles throughout their life cycle. Contact: Eduard Fernandez – Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org – +32 2 469 06 70.
EGEA – the European Garage and test Equipment Association represents both manufacturers and importers of tools and equipment for the repair, servicing and technical inspection of vehicles, as an integral part of supporting the automotive industrial value chain. Its role is to ensure that its associations’ members can provide the best equipment and service to the automotive aftermarket by striving to keep members up-to-date concerning new vehicle technologies and legislative and standardisation requirements and thus be competitive in the garage and test equipment supply, service and calibration industry. Contact: Eléonore van Haute – Secretary General – Eleonore.email@example.com – tel: +32 2 761 95 15.
ETRMA is the voice of tyre and rubber goods producers to various European institutions. ETRMA activities focus on the following key interdependent areas: representation, co-ordination, communication, promotion and technical liaison. The primary objective of ETRMA is to represent the regulatory and related interests of the European tyre and rubber manufacturers at both European and international levels. ETRMA is the sole interlocutor, specifically designated by the European tyre and rubber producers to carry out this critical task. Contact: Fazilet Cinaralp – Secretary General – firstname.lastname@example.org and Marianna Faino – Coordinator Environment & Transport – email@example.com – tel: +32 2 218 49 40.
FIA Region I is a federation of Motoring and Touring Clubs. FIA Region I represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists in Europe. Its primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. Contact: Chris Carroll – Policy Director – firstname.lastname@example.org – tel: +32 2 282 08 18.
FIGIEFA is the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors. Its members represent retailers and wholesalers of automotive replacement parts and components and their associated repair chains. FIGIEFA’s aim is to maintain free and effective competition in the market for vehicle replacement parts, servicing and repair. Contact: Sylvia Gotzen – CEO – Sylvia.email@example.com – tel: +32 2 761 95 10.
Insurance Europe is the European insurance and reinsurance federation. Through its 35 member bodies — the national insurance associations — Insurance Europe represents all types of insurance and reinsurance undertakings, eg pan-European companies, monoliners, mutuals and SMEs. Insurance Europe, which is based in Brussels, represents undertakings that account for around 95% of total European premium income. Insurance makes a major contribution to Europe’s economic growth and development. European insurers generate premium income of €1 200bn, directly employ over 940 000 people and invest over €10 100bn in the economy. Contact: Thomas Gelin – Policy Advisor – Tel: +32 2 894 30 48 – Gelin@insuranceeurope.eu
Leaseurope – the European Federation of Leasing Company Associations- represents both the leasing and automotive rental industries in Europe. The scope of products covered by Leaseurope members’ ranges from hire purchase and finance leases to operating leases of all asset categories (automotive, equipment and real estate). It also includes the short-term rental of cars, vans and trucks. Contact: Richard Knubben – Director – firstname.lastname@example.org – tel: +32 2 778 05 68.
UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognised European Social Partner. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation. As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates 67 member organisations from 34 countries consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family. UEAPME represents about 12 million enterprises, which employ around 55 million people across Europe. Contact: Dieter Grohmann – Director Communication and Media – email@example.com – +32 2 285 07 05 and Véronique Willems – Secretary General – firstname.lastname@example.org – +32 2 285 07 22.
UEIL (the Union of the European Lubricants Industry) represents the interests of the lubricants industry in Europe, with a special focus on SMEs and independent companies that produce lubricants and metal processing fluids essential for the automotive and industrial sectors. Contact: Jos Jong – Past President UEIL – email@example.com; UEIL: tel.: +32 2 504 90 03.
Brussels, 19th April 2018. A broad coalition comprising vehicle dealers, automotive aftermarket and mobility services operators, the European insurance industry, the European representations of both motorist consumers and SMEs, is urging EU decision-makers to act decisively to establish fair and equal access to in-vehicle data and resources, amidst concerns that effective competition, innovation and free consumer choice are currently not being placed at the heart of its agenda.
In order to continue offering the high level of competitive services demanded by their customers, together with improved operational safety and environmental compliance, all independent service providers ‘around the car’ must be able to compete on an equal footing with vehicle manufacturers (VMs) by continuing to access the vehicle, its data and functions in an independent and direct manner. This would allow the development of new competitive digital services resulting in true consumer choice and enabling consumers to fully decide with whom they share their data.
However, all this would not be possible with the model put forward by VMs, the so-called ‘Extended Vehicle’, which will channel all future communication and data access through their own backend server. As such, this would prevent all other independent service providers from offering competing services to consumers, as only a small part of the vehicle-generated data will be shared with them, compared to the data available to the VMs. Also, direct real-time communication with the vehicle/its functions/the driver is prevented.
The coalition has therefore launched a Manifesto urging EU decision-makers, and in the first instance the EU Commission, to ‘act now’ by introducing pertinent requirements aiming to establish in the coming years the “interoperable, standardised, secure and open access telematics platform” set out in the 2015 EU eCall Regulation in order to ensure a level playing field. This solution would maintain consumer choice, independent entrepreneurship, competition and innovation for all services ‘around the car’, whilst ensuring the same high level of safety, security, liability and data protection as the VMs use themselves. According to the Commission’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) Study Report, it is the only solution that would allow equal opportunities for independent service providers and true competitive choice for consumers, but it requires legislative intervention.
The Call to Action by the Coalition asks:
- For the European Commission to start working on a robust regulatory framework for an interoperable, standardised, secure and safe on-board application platform. High Level Principles and Requirements should be enshrined now into the Data/Third Mobility Package upon which the work can be triggered so that a solution will be in place without undue delay to address the rapidly increasing number of connected vehicles in the automotive service and mobility markets.
- In the meantime and until such a platform is in place, there should be a ‘right to do business’, and vehicle manufacturers should give as from 1.1.2020, non-discriminatory access to the in-vehicle telematics systems used by themselves, and to those in-vehicle systems and interfaces which they allow third party service providers access to.
- To adopt a sound definition of Remote Diagnostic Support (RDS), which is currently being discussed with DG GROW as a follow-up of the new Vehicle Type-Approval Regulation, enabling the remote, direct bi-directional communication with the vehicle via a standardised in-vehicle interface to conduct a remote diagnostics analysis.
This ‘Call for Action’ is also in line with the European Parliament’s TRAN Committee Report on C-ITS which calls upon the Commission to publish a legislative proposal on access to in-vehicle data and resources by the end of this year.
The coalition upholds that the current telematics data access model – controlled and operated by car manufacturers – prevents independent businesses from embracing digital opportunities, jeopardises consumer choice, innovation and a prosperous EU digital economy. It’s clear what is at stake here. “Our solution is for fair and equal access to vehicle telematics, to ensure safety and security is maintained, whilst safeguarding competition, innovation and consumer choice. It is therefore crucial that competition, innovation and consumer interests must be put back at the heart of the EU Digital Single Market”.
Please find here the Manifesto.
EGEA together with 125 others EU industry associations invite the European institutions to take the EU Industrial Strategy to the next level #Industry4Europe
On the 20th of December 2017, Member State Ambassadors have endorsed the provisional interinstitutional agreement between the Estonian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament on the reform of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles to revamp the automotive sector.
EGEA welcomes this agreement which aims to achieve a high level of safety and environmental performance of motor vehicles and to address the main shortcomings identified in the existing type-approval system.
Important clarifications on access to OBD and repair and maintenance information have been made, notably regarding the standardised OBD connector as this is ‘THE’ vital data communication channel with the vehicle and its data, as well as regarding the access to the information needed for the preparation of the vehicle for roadworthiness testing for all independent operators, which is more and more vehicle-specific information.
Jaume Berenguer Baquès, EGEA President, said: “by maintaining the standardised OBD connector open, also when the vehicle is in motion, to access the vehicle OBD, diagnostic and RMI datastream, the EU reaffirmed its support for fair competition, innovation and independent entrepreneurship in the automotive aftermarket. Our members welcome this significant clarification and should now be able to continue offering competitive multibrand diagnostic tools to repairers for a fair and competitive consumer choice in the current analogue era.
However, vehicle manufacturers have started now to introduce new measures, such as proprietary electronic certificates mandating the use of their OE tools, which prevent the access of independent operators to the OBD port. This crucial issue tends to go against the newly adopted provisions and should therefore be addressed in 2018 by the EU legislator.
Additionally, it is clear that the Commission will also have to look how to maintain these new provisions in the connected era and ensure access to in-vehicle data to allow the development of the digital innovation potential of the value chain.”
This agreement will now be submitted in the course of 2018 to the Parliament and then to the Council for final approval.
On the 18th of October 2017, the European Commission together with all stakeholders form the High Level Group (HLG) GEAR 2030 issued its final report on the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the automotive industry in the EU.
Having worked actively in various working groups, EGEA welcomes this report as an important and positive step for the automotive industry, which includes the automotive aftermarket value chain and all third party services ‘around the car’ and mobility providers, as it focuses on key issues such as the competitiveness of the sector up to 2030, the digitalisation and the connected & automated driving which will have profound effects for the future of transport and mobility in Europe.
Jaume Berenguer Baquès, EGEA President, said: ‘Recommendation 26 specifying that ‘the European Commission should assess whether additional sector specific legislation, relating to data, is needed.’ is key for diagnostic tool manufacturers. This will allow them to continue designing innovative digital diagnostics and prognostics applications. But this will not be possible without a robust and sector-specific legislation and we therefore call upon the European Commission to bring it to life’.
See full report: GEAR 2030 – Report and annexes
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