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GLOBAL
PERSPECTIVE
By: Neil Pattemore, Technical Director, FIGIEFA

ACCESS TO VEHICLE-GENERATED
DATA: THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE
EUROPEAN AFTERMARKET
THE latest automotive industry
"mega-trend" on both sides of the
Atlantic is the "connected car," which
introduces the vehicle manufacturer
as an aftermarket services provider
and which will require new legislation
to address security, access to
data, the management of personal
data and competition compliance
to ensure fair and undistorted
competition for all service providers.
From the European perspective,
this issue is reaching a critical stage
after a considerable amount of
debate. The fundamental issue is
the ability to remotely access the
vehicle, its data and resources.
Subsequently, this must be supported
through legislation, as longstanding
experience here in Europe shows
that B2B solutions are not suitable
for guaranteeing equal competition
opportunities in aftermarket services.
Vehicle manufacturers understand
that vehicle-generated data needs
to be made available to independent
operators, but propose that this is

done through their so-called "extended
vehicle" (ExVe) server concept. This
proposal is vigorously rejected by
our independent market operators,
because it grants access only to
small data silos via the back-end of
the vehicle manufacturer's external
server. As a result, it cuts off all current
independent market operators from
the direct connection with the vehicle.
This allows vehicle manufacturers to
control the content, quality, access
conditions and latencies of the data
and to thus control the aftermarket's
ability to provide competing services.
The European "eCal" (automatic
accident notification) legislation
includes a requirement to assess the
benefits of an in-vehicle "interoperable,
standardised, secure and open-access"
platform (OTP) to support third-party
service providers. This requirement
was discussed in the C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent Transport System)
forum, and generated a deeper
impact assessment by an external
consultancy, the UK based TRL

consortium. It concluded that the only
solution that could meet all the agreed
guiding principles was the "in-vehicle
application platform" and that any cost
or security implementation requirements
were significantly outweighed by
the benefits it would bring.
Therefore, the solution must be
based on robust and detailed legislation
that defines the ability for safe, secure
and direct access to the vehicle, its
data and resources via an on-board
application platform. Only this solution
over the mid-to-longer term can truly
support the independent aftermarket,
but for now, we will have to rely on the
communication with the vehicle via the
OBD connector and on other bridging
solutions currently under design and
discussion with the EU legislator.

FIGIEFA is the European "sister association"
of Auto Care. FIGIEFA is the European
federation and political representative in
Brussels of the independent wholesalers
and retailers of automotive replacement
parts and their associated repair chains.

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