The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) has launched a petition on Change.org that has amassed more than 24,000 signatures to date, with a goal of reaching 100,000.
The petition, called “Canadians: Demand Access to, and Control of, Your Car’s Data”, is intended to give vehicle owners access to and control of the data generated from their vehicle.
Cars today gather enormous amounts of data. This includes data about the vehicle, its driver, and important maintenance and repair information. This valuable data helps drivers make smarter decisions about how to repair and maintain their cars.
Currently, data is transmitted wirelessly to automakers, giving them full control over how it is used and who to share it with. Without direct access to and control of this data, vehicle owners could face higher costs and have fewer options for who maintains and repairs their vehicles, restricting their ability to choose more affordable repair options.
Giving access to and control of valuable vehicle data of the vehicles they own is the only way to ensure consumers have a choice in where they repair their vehicle.
AIA Canada says that vehicle owners deserve the right to direct where their vehicle data goes so that they can make their own choices.
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What a load of hogwash. The data being collected is mostly to do with fault code frame data which allows the manufacture to see in real time the cause of the DTC or other issues to help them refine the firmware / software of the associated modules. Other than the service reminder on the dash there is nothing in there to help consumers make a decision on maintenance or cost thereof.
Owners are free to have their vehicle serviced wherever they wish but trying to cajole them into thinking that that manufactures are no better than internet hackers it just plain wrong. In the case of extreme accidents police can gain access to the crash modules data but then again they are not trying to sell the owner something.
This ‘we want access too’ scream from the aftermarket is pure BS as they can get the info they want by paying a monthly/yearly subscription fee the the manufactures and get access to all the tech bulletins etc. the same as dealerships pay the manufacture…. nothing is free in automotive unless you want some ‘Youtube Mechanic’ to fix your vehicle.
For the record I hold a Bsc in electrical engineering and a Msc CS and have been involved in the automotive industry for 40 years .