The European Commission is working on rules to ensure fair access to valuable car data for companies and industry but does not know when they will be ready, a spokesperson has admitted, as industry groups worry about unfair competition from American and Chinese tech companies.
The website Automotive News Europe reports that the huge potential of the connected car market, which consultancy Fortune Business Insights says could grow to as much as 400 billion euros (£350 billion) by 2030, has triggered a fight between carmakers and industrial users on access to vehicle data.
Carmakers are looking to data-driven software products and subscription services covering everything from driving habits to fuel consumption and tyre wear as the next money spinner.
Data ownership, however, is not clearly defined in EU law, resulting in the current dispute between carmakers and those who want to access it. The report says the European vehiclemakers lobby group ACEA is concerned the requirements are “unworkable” and could “have a discouraging effect” on the quantity and quality of data gathered and processed.
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