Published - 2017

The fight for free data access and free competition

Tech news

Connected cars and extended vehicle service are key concepts in the latest technological developments in the automotive industry. The technology that leads to increased digitalization is based on data collection in real time and it is no longer uncommon for a modern car to generate 5 GB of data per hour. These data can be used for developing and selling services to car owners. But the legislation on ownership and access to the data is not yet in place, which is crucial since only legislation can ultimately ensure free competition in the aftermarket - and at the same time ensure car owners a free choice in workshop - EU legislation (EU No. 461/2010).

A small contract of great importance 
When a car with connected car technology is sold, the buyer - in addition to the purchase agreement itself - is often presented with a so-called telematics agreement. This agreement allows the car manufacturer to collect data and communicate with the vehicle. However, the agreement also allows the car manufacturer to communicate with the driver through installed apps and the vehicle info screen. As there is no alternative, the car manufacturer has ensured exclusive rights in order to offer services based on analysis of vehicle data. If the telematics agreement is not signed, no real-time data is collected on the vehicle, and the car owner can not avail of the benefits contained therein.


Data monopoly - no thanks!
Operators in the free automotive aftermarket - including Triscan - are convinced that the computer monopoly currently being created by automakers does not benefit car owners or the free aftermarket sector. It is therefore important for the EU to act. The market for spare parts, services and repair of cars in the EU is estimated to be 200 billion euros (measured on sales price for spare parts plus labour). The free aftermarket sector consists of more than 500,000 companies in the EU and approx. 3.5 million employees have so far guaranteed to secure the 285 million car owners in the EU a competitive and economically advantageous alternative. It should not be overlooked! For this reason, it is important to ensure the following:
1) Direct and unattended access for independent suppliers to real-time data generated in cars;
2) Opportunity for independent suppliers to achieve two-way communication with cars and add their own apps, features and know-how;
3) Data must be accessible through a standardized interface.     

Triscan supports the fight for free data access and free competition 
As a member of AUTIG (Automotive Trade and Industry Association in Denmark), Triscan supports this fight. AUTIG has a strong focus on competitive conditions, and works intensively to ensure the enforcement of data access legislation that allows for the development of new business models in the free aftermarket sector. 

"There is no precedent of technological development that can have as far-reaching consequences for the aftermarket, as it does with connected cars," says Frank R. Hansen, AUTIG Director. He expects the EU Commission to carry out a draft for a legislative package in June, after which negotiations on a final solution will begin. 

AUTIG represents the interests of both manufacturers and traders - both nationally and internationally. The international work, includes the maintenance of a network in the Commission and the European Parliament, conducted daily by CLEPA (The European Association of Automotive Suppliers) and FIGIEFA (The International Federation of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors) and AUTIG is at the management level, directly involved in the prioritization and organization of the political work in these organizations.