• EU motorists demand legislation on vehicle data

    09 January 2019

    On 9 January 2019, FIA Region I released new figures confirming that road users strongly support  specific legislation to protect their consumer rights when it comes to vehicle data.

    The figures come from an FIA Region I survey conducted in 15 countries, and are published ahead of an expected European Commission Recommendation on connected and automated driving.

    While reacting positively towards sharing their vehicle data in specific situations, a vast majority of respondents stressed the importance of being in control of the data they generate while driving.

    • 88% of the respondents are willing to share remotely their location and vehicle status with the roadside assistance provider.
    • 93% support the need for dedicated legislation to ensure their consumer rights and data protection
    • 64% are not in favour of letting their car synchronise phone’s contacts and emails.

    FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid, said: “Car connectivity should bring applications that improve the lives of road users. However, we need specific and legally binding rules to protect consumers and ensure vehicle and driver data are shared in a safe and reliable way. We call on the Commission to come forward with such a proposal as a matter of urgency‘’.

    The survey was carried out by FIA Region I member Clubs that are part of the EU Mobility Observatory. The participating Clubs are: The AA (United Kingdom), ACA (France), ACCR (Czech Republic), ACI (Italy), ACL (Luxembourg), ACP (Portugal), AL (Finland), ANWB (The Netherlands), FDM (Denmark), MAK (Hungary), ÖAMTC (Austria), RACC (Spain), RACE (Spain). In total, over 45 322 people participated in the survey, including respondents from The AA SA (South Africa) and AMCK (Kosovo).

    Read our position on car connectivity

    Read the results of last year’s survey

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    Notes to editors

    It is expected that the European Commission will come forward with a Recommendation in the first quarter of 2019 that will cover in part issues surrounding vehicle data and how it is accessed by different stakeholders.

    About FIA Region I
    The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 107 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38.5 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 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, FIA Region I’s work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com