One step closer to open telematics platforms without delaying eCall
Publication date: 17 December 2013
Today, the TRAN Committee voted to include open telematics platforms and data protection without delaying the implementation of eCall. The FIA welcomes the solution that the TRAN Committee has found to include open telematics with eCall and urges the IMCO Committee to seriously consider these recommendations.
With this vote, MEPs have given the Commission a mandate to start working on the technical requirements for an open-access telematics platform. The FIA has been advocating that open, secure telematics networks for vehicles are the most effective method to ensure fair competition among service providers for eCall. It is very welcome that MEPs also see that this is the best way forward.
The vote also included a provision on data protection for motorists. The FIA, in early December, adopted a resolution on data protection advocating for three principles for consumer protection. The FIA believes that when it comes to connected car technologies, such as eCall, the protection of consumers must not be forgotten. Motorists must have:
the right to own and control the data generated from their vehicle and to transfer it to a service provider of their choice;
the right to understand the nature of all data generated from their vehicle;
the right to choose the applications, suppliers and functions provided to their vehicle through open, secure telematics or other platforms.
The vote also maintained the timeline of implementation of eCall by 1 October 2015. The FIA believes that this timeline must be respected as motorists in Europe have been waiting too long already for eCall, a system that could save 2500 lives per year.
The FIA also supports the TRAN Committee's call for awareness campaigns in Member States in advance of the system's introduction was also included in this vote.
Looking towards the next steps, the FIA urges the Greek Presidency to start working on eCall so as not to lose the good momentum that the legislation is gathering. The FIA also calls on the IMCO Committee, the lead on this legislation, to take into account the recommendations from this vote.
FIA Region I is also supporting a lunch debate in the European Parliament to discuss ‘The connected car and data protection’ with MEPs Anna Rosbach (ECR) and Lara Comi (EPP). The lunch will be an opportunity to discuss car connectivity, access to data and consumer protection; it will also touch upon car data and telematics platforms regarding eCall.
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Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I
FIA Region I represents 108 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 37 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.
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