NEWS FROM BRUSSELS – On the 13th of March 2018, the European Parliament Plenary has approved the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee Report on the Commission Communication “A European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems” and voted in favour of amendments which among others, call upon the Commission to come forward with a regulatory proposal on access to in-vehicle data and resources by no later than the end of this year.
In its amendment n°20, the Parliament report states clearly that:
- Recommends that the Commission rapidly establish an adequate legal framework to achieve EU-wide cross-border interoperability, as well as a framework laying down rules on liability for the use of the various forms of connected transport; calls on the Commission to publish a legislative proposal on access to in-vehicle data and resources by the end of the year; recommends that this proposal should allow the entire automotive value chain and end users to benefit from digitalisation and guarantee a level playing field and maximum security with regard to access and storage of in-vehicle data for all third parties, which should be fair, timely and unrestricted in order to protect consumer rights, promote innovation and ensure fair, non-discriminatory competition on this market in respect of the principle of technological neutrality; stresses the need to contribute to the modernisation of all urban and rural infrastructures also linked to public transport services; calls on the Commission to guarantee that it will, in all cases, ensure full compliance with the GDPR, reporting to Parliament on its monitoring on an annual basis;
From our side, EGEA is very pleased to see that the European Parliament is taking actions and is calling upon the European Commission to come forward with a legislative proposal on access to in-vehicle data and resources that ensures fair competition, consumer choice, data privacy, cybersecurity and a vibrant high-quality automotive after-market sector, and this by the end of the year!
Indeed, innovation and service providers’ competitiveness in digital products will directly depend on their ability to have equal and undistorted access conditions to the vehicle, its data and resources compared to the vehicle manufacturers in terms of data content, quality, latency and the ability to present their services directly via the in-vehicle display to the automobile consumer.