The FIA has just released their study “Digitalisation Risks: Multi-Billion Euro Cost to Motorists and Aftermarket” to which we contributed in a detailed feedback session back in September 2018. Our focus was on the topic data access & we as well as our own study “Vehicle Data – Digital fuel for the Connected Car Economy” are quoted many times in the respective chapters.

KEy findings of the FIA study include that the current models allowing access to vehicle data will potentially entail huge economic costs for European consumers and aftermarket service providers. Vehicle manufacturers are developing their own models to allow service providers to remotely access vehicle data with fundamental challenges including access costs and data restrictions. The study finds that in less than a decade, such models could lead to consumers and independent service providers having to absorb costs of around €65 billion per year by 2030.

Laurianne Krid, Director General at FIA Region I, commented: “Car connectivity is no longer about the future, it’s here and it’s impacting on consumers and independent service providers alike. This study makes it clear that we need to act now to guarantee competition and consumers’ ability to choose from a variety of service providers. Robust and binding EU rules are urgently needed.”

The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body comprising 105 Mobility Clubs that represent over 35 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 mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient.

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