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UPTIME

FROM THE EDITORS

Wireless data and the
future of Right to Repair
Access to telematics data and remote diagnostics data has driven
a ballot initiative to revise the original Massachusetts state law.

By Erica
Schueller
Editorial
Director

@CV_ESchueller

The only constant in life is change. The same
can be said about technology. Case in point,
this November, the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts plans to include an amendment to the original Right to Repair (R2R) law
passed in 2012.
The proposed revision on the state's ballot
intends to address the changing landscape of
vehicle technologies as it relates to the data
transmitted from vehicles wirelessly. Voting
"yes" on the initiative would support a revision to the existing R2R state law to include a
standard open-data platform to allow access
to telematics data.

What's missing?

While there is a plethora of information being
transmitted directly from the vehicle to the
manufacturer via wireless transmission - and
subsequently available at dealer-level repair
shops - how does the actual vehicle owner
access that data? How does the vehicle owner
allow another entity - like an independent
repair shop - to access that data in order to
service the vehicle? The original intent of R2R
was to level the playing field between vehicle
dealers and independent repair shops when
it comes to servicing vehicles. Vehicle owners
should have the right to access that data, or
grant access to others to access that data, argue
R2R supporters.
You may be thinking: isn't that vehicle repair
information already available? Technically,
yes. But, there is a loophole in the current legislation as it stands regarding wireless transmission of information. Historically, vehicle data
has been - and still is, at least currently - accessible through the standard diagnostic port on
a vehicle (typically OBD-II for many vehicles,
especially light duty; and HD OBD for some
heavy duty vehicles). However, information
transmitted from the vehicle remotely may
provide additional insights.
According to the Massachusetts Right to
Repair Committee, which supports the initiative, the R2R amendment would require that
Class 1 through 3 vehicles equipped with
telematics functionality sold in the state of
Massachusetts, beginning with the 2022
model year, need to have a standardized,
secure, open-access platform across all makes
and models to allow access to the vehicle data
transmitted wirelessly. Advocates for the
amendment suggest the remote diagnostics

8 Fleet Maintenance | August 2020

		¬ĽA revision to Massachusetts' R2R
law intends to address wirelessly
transmitted vehicle data.
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information transmitted from vehicles wirelessly is key to servicing the vehicle.
The provision goes on to advise vehicle
owners would also have direct access to their
vehicle data through a mobile-based application. Furthermore, the vehicle owner would
be allowed to grant access to this information
to any repair facility - dealer or independent.

How might it impact
the national MOU?

If the Massachusetts state provision passes,
it very well could impact the national R2R
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which
had been developed in lieu of a state-by-state
ballot initiative or an attempt to pass a bill at
the federal level.
While there is a separate light duty MOU and
heavy duty MOU (the HD MOU is in reference to
any vehicle with a GVWR over 14,000 lbs), both
advise vehicle manufacturers must be voluntarily compliant to provide access to OE-level data to
consumers and the aftermarket. This includes
access to diagnostic and repair information at
the dealer level for 2002 and newer vehicles in
the case of vehicles defined by the light duty
MOU, and 2010 and newer vehicles in the case
of vehicles defined by the heavy duty MOU.

"Advocates for the
amendment suggest
the remote diagnostics
information transmitted
from vehicles wirelessly
is key to servicing
the vehicle."
The heavy duty MOU has some notable
differences, driven by the seemingly infinite
spec'ing options when purchasing commercial
trucks. That inherently changes the processes
for how vehicle data and repair access would
be made available since a standardized vehicle
identification number (VIN) to look up specs
on an entire vehicle is not available.
Plus, if you consider that third-party telematics providers are much more heavily involved
in the heavy duty segment, will their voices be
added to the conversation?
Overall, we may not see much of a difference in the access to vehicle service. Or, the
ripple effect to see these changes first passed
in the Massachusetts state law revision may
take another decade. Regardless, ours is an
industry that must continue to think ahead
and proactively prepare for the next generation
of technology on the horizon.


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Fleet Maintenance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Wireless Data and the Future of Right to Repair
Editor's Note: Information Overload
Vehicles: Considerations for Winterizing Vehicles
In The Bay: Repair Information Resources to Help Drive Technician Productivity
Shop Operations: Extensive Service Networks to Improve Vehicle Uptime
Keeping Up with EGR Systems
The Lowdown on Grease
Management: Guard Against Mental Fallacies
Diagnostics: Scope Diagnostics Brings Heavy Duty Electrical Issues Into Focus
Training: ASE Entry-Level Certification
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: Considerations When Upgrading Vehicles to Steerable Lift Axles
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: Wireless Data and the Future of Right to Repair
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Fleet Maintenance - Editor's Note: Information Overload
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Fleet Maintenance - Vehicles: Considerations for Winterizing Vehicles
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Fleet Maintenance - In The Bay: Repair Information Resources to Help Drive Technician Productivity
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations: Extensive Service Networks to Improve Vehicle Uptime
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Fleet Maintenance - Keeping Up with EGR Systems
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Fleet Maintenance - The Lowdown on Grease
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: Guard Against Mental Fallacies
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Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: Scope Diagnostics Brings Heavy Duty Electrical Issues Into Focus
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Fleet Maintenance - Training: ASE Entry-Level Certification
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Fleet Maintenance - Fleet Parts & Components
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Fleet Maintenance - Tools & Equipment
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Fleet Maintenance - Guest Editorial: Considerations When Upgrading Vehicles to Steerable Lift Axles
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