Owners Want Control of Car Data

By Staff Writer October 18, 2018

More than 8 in 10 U.S. vehicle owners and lessees believe car owners should have full access to and control of their vehicle's data, including maintenance and repair information, according to the results of a survey released by the Auto Care Association.


The survey, conducted in August by Ipsos, a global, independent market research company, found 86 percent of consumers said vehicle owners should have access to driver and vehicle data, also known as telematics. Additionally, the survey found 88 percent of consumers believe a vehicle's owner should decide who has access to this data.


The findings from this survey come at a time when there is continued debate over vehicle data. Each year, vehicles get "smarter" and infused with telematic technologies, which enable real-time, wireless transmission of information related to driving behavior, such as steering, acceleration and breaking; and vehicle health, including fuel use, emissions and engine hours. However, as this technology has advanced, vehicle manufacturers are gaining exclusive access to vehicle data at the expense of consumers.


"These results should be a wake-up call to automakers," said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of Auto Care Association, an industry trade group representing 4.6 million jobs from coast-to-coast. "At a time when Americans don't see eye to eye on many issues, the results of this survey revealed a large majority of consumers support their right to gain full access to their vehicle data."

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