The European Union is creating an ambitious new regulatory framework for data and artificial intelligence with major implications for the automotive sector. This would affect not only vehicle manufacturers but also automotive suppliers and distributors, and providers of related products and services, ranging from telecommunications, entertainment, insurance, fuel/charging stations and aftermarket services.
The new framework will include, in particular, the recently proposed Data Act. This sets out overall principles for data access to connected products, introducing user rights to access and share data, contractual principles for business-to-business data exchange, and switching principles for cloud services.
According to the European Commission, however, the Data Act may not go into sufficient detail for the provision of data-dependent services in the automotive sector.
With that in mind in March the commission opened a consultation on potential sectoral rules for vehicle data.
The EU’s data initiatives will affect stakeholders’ ability to develop new functions and services that depend on the availability of data. These new functions could include, for example, the possibility of remotely unlocking a vehicle’s door for a shared mobility service; displaying speed limit information on the dashboard for navigation services; or displaying information about charging or discharging a car’s battery for electric vehicle-related services.