Automotive technology is advancing rapidly along a path to automation, with vehicles generating, storing and using greater quantities of data to monitor and activate system functionality in order to provide benefits for drivers, passengers and other road users. The data generated have the potential to support a large market of services and the way in which this market develops over the coming years will have potentially large effects on how and who can access and exploit the data. This will affect both existing services and stimulate new services and although the size of the future market(s) cannot be accurately estimated, these are expected to be significant.
For nearly a decade, there have been calls for the way in which in-vehicle data are made available to be defined and make it accessible. For example, Priority area IV of Directive 2010/40/EU1 and the recent eCall type-approval Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/7582 ), both require definition of measures to achieve a secure and open platform on which services can be offered. In particular, the Platform for the Deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems in the European Union (C-ITS Platform) established Working Group 6 (WG6) to examine the potential ways to give access to invehicle data and resources in order that service providers could propose services based on this data to their customers.
WG6 proposed three technical solutions for the access to in-vehicle data and resources.