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The European Commission must secure a consumer-friendly approach for new in-vehicle telematics systems, says new FIA Eurocouncil Declaration

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Vienna, 15 May 2013

 

A declaration calling on the European Commission to support the deployment of in-vehicle telematics systems and applications, while keeping in mind consumer interests and concerns, was today adopted by the FIA Eurocouncil, made up of the 76 FIA Automobile Clubs in Europe. The declaration was adopted at the annual FIA Region I Spring Meeting which is meeting in Vienna this week.

 

Newly elected FIA Region I President Thierry Willemarck said: “The rapid changes underway in the development of new in-vehicle systems have provided travellers with greatly increased comfort and safety, but this has also created new concerns regarding driver distractions and data privacy. We are calling on the European Commission to make sure they adopt a consumer-friendly approach towards the development of these services.”

 

The declaration calls for in-vehicle telematics services (e.g. traffic information, navigation, eCall, remote diagnostics) to be made available on the basis of open platforms in order to allow free competition between different service providers.

 

The FIA Eurocouncil Declaration notes that a rapid change is occurring within the transportation system at all levels:

  • The demand for portable devices and the connectivity of travellers is increasing;
  • The use of new technologies to improve safety and comfort, and to reduce fuel consumption is increasing;
  • Focus is shifting from optimising vehicle circulation to optimising traveller circulation.

 

And calls on the European Commission to:

  • Ensure large scale deployment of ICT-based in-vehicle systems;
  • Take action to ensure implementation on the basis of an open platform;
  • Guarantee that users have control over their data;
  • Address Human-Machine-Interaction issues to make sure drivers are protected from unnecessary distractions.

 

Notes to the Editor:

 

FIA Region I

 

FIA Region I represents 108 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office (in Europe, the FIA represents more than 35 million motoring consumers via 76 member clubs). The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.

 

EUROCOUNCIL DECLARATION 2013 ON THE CONNECTED CAR

 

WHEREAS,

Integration, innovation and efficiency have been identified as key objectives of EU Transport Policy.

 

A rapid change is occurring within the transportation system – at all levels:

  • The demand for portable devices and the connectivity of travellers is increasing;
  • The use of new technologies to improve safety and comfort, and to reduce fuel consumption is increasing;
  • Focus is shifting from optimising vehicle circulation to optimising traveller circulation.

Vehicle communication technology allows for the provision of new services to the vehicle driver/passengers.

There are a wide range of potential applications which users can benefit from:

  • Public service (safety, traffic information);
  • Personal/comfort (information, navigation, guidance);
  • Business services (remote diagnostics, fleet management, pay-as-you-go).

The European Commission ITS Action Plan recognises the need for specific measures to facilitate the "Adoption of an open in-vehicle platform architecture for the provision of ITS services and applications, including standard interfaces", with the aim of better integrating the vehicle into the transport infrastructure.

 

THE FIA MOTORING CLUBS RECOGNISE THAT:

 

Successful deployment of a connected vehicle system depends on widespread adoption by the user community so that the costs of system expansion can be shared with high volume consumer applications. This is essential for promoting consumer buy-in and for motivating the private sector investments that will drive costs down so that the necessary market penetration is achieved.

 

A telematics platform is not just a technical unit to be fitted in a vehicle, but it also includes the business architecture, the business model, governance, the certification regime, and organisational aspects. A standardised architecture will stimulate consumer demand and will enhance the market penetration of in-vehicle services and applications, bringing benefits both to the consumer and industry.

 

The following criteria should be used to ensure the consumer-friendly development of any in-vehicle application: 

  • Safety: Distracted driving is a growing risk factor on our roads, and in-vehicle innovations are normally associated with warning or alert systems which could draw the driver’s attention from the primary driving task. Driving a car requires good coordination and rapid assessment skills. It is important that all new services of the connected vehicle will not interfere with the primary driving task.

  • Certification and standards: To create a competitive framework and to strengthen consumer confidence, independent certification is an important aspect to ensure that only interoperable and safe products enter the market. Standards are essential to allow users to choose services in a competitive framework and open systems will maximise broad-based active developer communities, which is an essential element for ensuring creative development and innovation in the market.

  • Performance and reliability: Consumers demand applications and services of high quality and will chose them accordingly. To boost consumer confidence, software applications should be verified and certified to ensure the highest level of safety.

  • Privacy: Companies should build in consumer privacy protection at every stage in developing their products (business practices, operational processes, product and service design, physical architectures and networked infrastructure). These include reasonable security for consumer data, limited collection and retention of such data, and reasonable procedures to promote data accuracy. Transparency and informed consent are key to ensuring user acceptance of in-vehicles services and applications.

THEREFORE, THE CLUBS CALL ON:

The EC to continue its efforts to ensure large scale deployment of ICT-based in-vehicle systems and applications;

 

The EC to take action to allow for the implementation of an open platform, by promoting a standardisation process relevant to open telematics platforms keeping in mind stakeholder interest, in particular their freedom of choice;

 

The EC to ensure that users have control over their data and that adequate privacy safeguards are in place to prevent data breaches and to maximise participants’ ability to exercise control over their information;

 

The EC to consider a specific set of recommendations and guideline to address Human-Machine-Interaction to make sure drivers are protected from unnecessary distractions.

 

 

Vienna, 15 May 2013

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