FIA and AFCAR demonstrate wireless platform that enables consumers to choose their preferred connected car services

05 May, 2017

FIA Region I, in cooperation with the Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR), have demonstrated an open, secure in-vehicle wireless platform that enables consumers to choose their preferred connected car services. This demonstration proves that it is technically feasible for consumers to have safe access to remote repair by any certified independent operator.

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The aftermarket sector is dedicated to offering European consumers new mobility services adapted to the digital era. Therefore, FIA Region I calls on the European Commission to ensure access to vehicle data via the regulation of an independent and secure open in-vehicle platform.

Currently, vehicle manufacturers use their own proprietary telematics system to gain full access to the vehicle, its data and resources. Meanwhile, competitors are given highly restricted access to the car’s data. Clearly, this limits the potential for innovation and development of independent services, to the detriment of consumers and the wider European digital economy.

The consortium has also commissioned a study to assess the positive economic and social impacts of ensuring freedom of choice for consumers. The open in-vehicle platform is expected to create jobs, foster the use of intelligent transport systems and contribute to the reduction of CO? emissions. The study results will be soon available and communicated to the European Commission.

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