UK asked to clarify connected cars data rules 0

UK-asked-to-clarify-connected-cars-data-rulesA consortium that has been tasked with the testing of driverless cars in the UK, has urged the government to clarify who has access to the data. The Flourish consortium, which has insurance giants Axa, engineering company Atkins plus law firm Burgess Salmon amongst its number, has warned on the dangers of restricting access to vehicle data. Principally, the worry is that benefits gained from connectivity will be ‘hobbled’ if access is prioritised to a select few, hindering more reliable insurance data or the summoning of the emergency services in case of an accident.

As cars become more connected, via the cloud and also to each other, the issue of exactly ‘who’ owns the information has become pertinent. The UK government is believed to be in the process of drafting legislation in preparation of a planned bill on autonomous and connected cars.

The data connected cars will potentially be able to collect ranges from traffic and weather updates, to personal info about the driver of the car.

In a report released by the consortium, a statement said: “Data collection is the cornerstone of the operation of connected and autonomous vehicles, and the importance of ensuring that this data can be used is clear, the use of this data will inevitably raise the issue of data protection and protection of privacy. An appropriate balance between these sometimes competing considerations will need to be found so that the UK can appropriately exploit the potential opportunities in the use of this data.”

David Williams, technical director at AXA, said: “What we don’t want to see is the opportunity for additional services and better services stifled because of less access to data.”

Chris Jackson, head of transport at Burges Salmon, said: “We’re not arguing for completely open data. It’s about a framework of balancing protecting data on one hand and usability and effectiveness on the other hand.”

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