The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation, IAAF, has added its voice to a large coalition representing the automotive aftermarket in Europe, including FIGIEFA, which is calling on the European Union to take on board a proposal for a Secure On-board Telematics Platform (S-OTP) – which will allow access for independent service providers.
Following the UK’s withdrawal of the EU, the IAAF is working alongside other federations in bringing the campaign to the attention of the UK government.
The intention of the S-OTP is to ensure that motorists can still choose their service providers, many of them SMEs, to benefit from innovative, competitive and affordable services and products. To do so, service providers have to be able to compete with all stakeholders, some of whom might be tempted to act as “gatekeepers” through proprietary access methods to in-vehicle data.
FIGIEFA said it is the only solution guaranteeing true consumer choice, effective competition and independent entrepreneurship in a secure and technology-neutral manner.
In the detailed document, publishers of technical information, body repairers, dealers and workshops, garage equipment suppliers, tyre manufacturers, recovery companies, parts distributors and leasing companies, as well as consumers, provide technical and commercial arguments supporting their recommendation.
With the advent of the connected car, competition now starts in the vehicle where the ability to safely and securely access car data, functions and resources determines the quality of the service.
Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “For many years now, it has been proven that a standardised interoperable telematics platform can be safe, robust and secure. IAAF
will continue to campaign and lobby the UK government, highlighting that the current in-vehicle access platforms – controlled and operated by the vehicle manufacturers – restricts businesses from embracing digital opportunities, and jeopardises consumer choice, innovation and a growing economy.”