The #Data4Drivers campaign called on EU policymakers to act to ensure that drivers — rather than vehicle manufacturers — control who can access their vehicle data and for what purpose.

What is the issue?

  • More and more vehicles generate in-vehicle data. Under EU law, this data is the personal data of the vehicle owner (driver). It is therefore up to drivers to decide which service providers can access their data. This would enable them to benefit from a range of new innovative services, such as remote diagnostics for more efficient repairs and more tailored insurance policies.
  • BUT, vehicle manufacturers are developing systems that would make them the sole gatekeepers of access to this data. This would make it more difficult for drivers to grant service providers access to the data, and so would limit the benefits drivers receive.
  • Vehicle manufacturers would also control the volume and quality of the data they make available. Again, this would limit drivers’ access to innovative new services.

Why should I care?

  • As a driver, this would make it more difficult for you to grant service providers access to your data, severely limiting your access to innovative and competitively priced services.

What can be done?

  • The EU must take legislative action to ensure that any systems for accessing vehicle data put the driver in control, and put all service providers on an equal footing by ensuring they can have direct access to this data without interference from the vehicle manufacturers. 

Why is it important to solve this now?

  • Vehicle manufacturers already have a huge competitive advantage and without any action at EU level, they can continue implementing systems giving them control over the service providers who can access in-vehicle data, and therefore who can offer services directly to the driver.
  • Furthermore, the European Commission is currently considering a range of issues around connected and automated vehicles. So, it is crucial it knows now that people care about this.


The campaign was supported by