Connected and autonomous vehicles: how do aftermarket automotive suppliers navigate the data challenges?

Written on 6 Oct 2016

On Wednesday 28 September 2016, Russell Bowyer and Tom Sharpe spoke at the Society Of Motor Manufacturers & Traders’ (SMMT) Aftermarket Sector Meeting. Chaired by Peter Lawton (Senior Section Manager, SMMT) the event, held at Morgan Motors headquarters in Malvern, focused on issues
affecting the aftermarket sector in the automotive industry.

Much of the functionality being developed around connected and autonomous vehicles will involve harvesting and processing large amounts of data which presents many interesting data protection, privacy and data access challenges. Russell and Tom spoke about data protection and data access issues
for aftermarket automotive suppliers. They discussed:

  • how the borderless nature of data and the need for vehicle-to-network (V2N) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connectivity will impact on data protection compliance;
  • upcoming legislative changes (including the GDPR) and how these may affect compliance requirements;
  • the effect that manufacturers increasingly tight grip on telematics data; and
  • guidance and regulation that is on the horizon, including the Declaration of Amsterdam which (amongst other things) calls for a coherent European Framework for the deployment of interoperable connected and automated driving, which should be available by 2019 – see more here.

Other speakers at the event included: Alec Morgan (Banner Batteries, Aftermarket Section Chair), Josh Harris (Senior Policy Officer, SMMT), Simon Albert, (Event Director, Automechanika Birmingham) and Bill Fennell (Managing Director, Motor Codes).