The FIA calls on decision-makers to:
- Ensure smooth development of future car connectivity, while fully respecting motorists’ freedom of choice and safeguarding conditions for effective competition in the aftermarket;
- Create the right conditions for the deployment of cleaner vehicle technologies and fostering user awareness via dedicated European projects.
73% of the Kilometers travelled by passengers are by car
Connected cars should safeguard choice & safety
Very soon, cars will be online and transferring data about consumers and their car usage. Mandatory introduction of 112 eCall will accelerate the penetration of telematics technologies, bringing about a number of additional services that can improve efficiency and safety. In this context, decision-makers should commit to ensuring three key principles about car connectivity:
- Data Protection:
European motorists should have full knowledge about what data is being used, by whom and for what purpose.
- Consumers’ free choices:
Consumers’ freedom of choice between service providers for repair and maintenance and future additional services should be guaranteed.
- Fair competition:
For consumers to have free choice, independent operators need non-discriminatory access to vehicle data, guaranteed by the means of a standardised, open in-vehicle telematics
To deliver its full potential, connected vehicle technology requires a large network of vehicles equipped with similar, or at least interoperable, communication systems. The European Parliament should make sure future legislation on ITS solutions will give priority to aspects of deployment.
Embrace cleaner car technologies
The lack of accessible and consistent information on the capabilities and benefits of alternatively fuelled vehicles is a major barrier for consumer uptake. Policymakers have a role to play in ensuring a progressive roll out of the technologies, which will foster sustainable mobility.
- Clear and consistent information on the environmental
potential of different fuel types and consistent information on fuel-to-car compatibility;
- Possibilities to test the different technologies on the market;
- Ambitious CO2 targets post 2020;
- Introduction of Worldwide Harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) by 2017 to provide consumers with more realistic emission and fuel consumption data of passenger cars.