• EU’s automated and connected cars roadmap threatens consumer choice

    17 May 2018

    Published on 17 May, the European Commission’s Communication on connected and automated cars fails to legislate on open and secure access to car data. FIA Region I regrets this lack of action, which will directly impact consumers by limiting their choice of connected car services.

    In its legislative package, the Commission foresees that connected cars will be commonplace in the single market by 2022. It also highlights that fair and effective competition is essential for consumers to make the best choice on car data sharing. The Commission’s commitment to monitor the situation and consider further options cannot be considered satisfactory for independent service providers in this context.

    FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid, said: “The Commission recognises that car connectivity will revolutionise automotive business models and that fair access to data is needed, yet it fails to take action. This is despite repeated calls for binding legislation on open-access, secure telematics networks for connected cars from both the European Parliament and stakeholders. We urge the Commission to act before European citizens are denied the choice of service providers for the data they generate while driving.”

    MEPs have highlighted the need for legislation to ensure equal access to car data for all service providers in both a letter to the Commission and an own-initiative report that urged action on access to vehicle data by no later than December 2018.

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    Notes to Editors

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    About FIA Region I
    The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 107 Mobility 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, the FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com

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    Head of Communications, FIA Region I
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