Connected Vehicles and Data

Harnessing the potential of automotive technology and meeting the demand for a new generation of mobility services will be one of our industry's biggest challenges in coming years.

The term 'Intelligent Mobility' refers to any optimised form of transporting people and goods that increases mobility, improves safety and enhances user benefits whilst simultaneously reducing pollution, consumption and congestion. Connected vehicles, driverless vehicles, big data and smart motorways are just some of the intelligent mobility technologies that are beginning to have a major impact on the road transport sector.

As usual, the vehicle rental and leasing industry will play a major role in adopting these technologies and delivering their benefits for its customers. To help our members, the BVRLA has put together this page of information and resources.

BVRLA Data Principles Document

The BVRLA has produced a Data Principles Document for members' use. The document covers the how, what and why for data which is collected from vehicles. The document can be used by members for their discussions with manufaturers and customers to ensure data protection compliance in relation to data collected from vehicles.

In addition, there are two fact sheets available on data protection, one covering data protection rules in general and the other specifically covering telematics.

Fleet Technology Overview

In July 2014, the BVRLA published its first Fleet Technology White Paper, which summarised some of the key technologies impacting fleets as well as the challenges and opportunities they present.

In July 2016, the BVRLA published an updated version of the Fleet Technology White Paper, covering autonomous driving, connected cars, cyber security, data, fleet management, future mobility models and powertrains.

Regulation and Legislation

In order for the industry to lead the way in Intelligent Mobility, the government must ensure that innovation is not stifled, and that laws and regulations keep pace with the changing environment. 

To this end, the BVRLA published its Intelligent Mobility policy paper with a list of recommendations for the government. The BVRLA's policy team continues to work with the government and its agencies to best position the rental and leasing sector as a key driver of change. 

To contribute to this work, please contact Patrick Cusworth - Senior Policy Advisor at the BVRLA.

Connected Cars

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) estimates that connected cars will help create 320,000 jobs in the UK, inject £51 billion into the economy and prevent 25,000 accidents every year by 2030. The details are outlined in a report by KPMG entitled Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The UK Economic Opportunityand the SMMT has produced this useful video on connected cars with the support of George Osborne:

Access to Vehicle Data

The European Parliament has reached a deal with national ministers to introduce a mandatory “eCall” system for all new cars from April 2018. The agreement has been formally approved by all EU member states.

eCall uses airbag sensors and GPS information to alert emergency services when there has been an accident. EU lawmakers say that cars must not be continuously tracked, but the in-built telematics that support the eCall function will inevitably be used to deliver other data-based services, such as breakdown assistance, predictive maintenance monitoring, remote diagnostics, fleet management, parking and traffic services.

To ensure that we see a truly competitive environment of alternative service providers, third-parties will need equal access to the same functionality and information on the same timescale as vehicle manufacturers. Current type approval legislation provides a right of access for independent operators to data via the standardised On Board Diagnostics (OBD) connector, but it doesn’t cover wireless telematics.

For this reason, Leaseurope and other aftermarket representatives are arguing at an EU level that eCall cannot be treated in an isolated manner and must address the wider telematics system, which should be based on a standardised, interoperable, secure and open-access platform. To find out more, click here.

In December 2016, ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, published its position paper on Access to vehicle data for third-party services which sets out a new model for sharing vehicle data that will see it done via a manufacturer-controlled cloud-based server.

A consortium of European organisations representing the rental and leasing industry, motoring associations, insurers, independent repairers and diagnostics providers have issued a press release outlining their objections to this new model.

Together with its counterparts in Europe and the UK, the BVRLA will be liaising with policymakers to ensure that the concerns of the vehicle rental and leasing industry are taken into account.

The BVRLA has worked with connected car consultants SBD to produce a set of four data use cases which members may find useful when in discussions with vehicle manufacturers. Members can access this document when signed in to the BVRLA's website.

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