Vehicle manufacturers are prepared to make car data available to third-party services, but they want to guarantee that this happens in a way that:
- Ensures the protection of the vehicle user’s personal data;
- Does not endanger the safe and secure functioning of the vehicle; and
- Does not undermine the liability of the vehicle manufacturer.
To limit such risks, a better and more balanced alternative to uncontrolled and full access to the in-vehicle data is for vehicle manufacturers to communicate the relevant vehicle data in a secure manner to an off-board facility. Service providers can access vehicle data through off-board means, rather than directly in the vehicle, in order to minimise safety, security and liability risks.
Hence, off-board access to data provides an open yet protected interface for third-parties, as it operates in accordance with clearly defined technical, data protection and competition rules. Of course, vehicle manufacturers secure communication between the vehicle and the off-board facility.