If you drive a newer model vehicle, it is most likely equipped with telematics or vehicle data. As you use your vehicle, it is collecting data and transmitting it wirelessly to the manufacturer. By 2022, 87% of new vehicles sold in the United States will have this feature installed. However, nearly 75% of drivers are unaware their vehicle’s data is being collected.
While telematics can pinpoint your GPS location, it is far more than a one time tracking device. The information gathered helps chart the health of your vehicle (i.e. fuel use, emissions) and analyzes how you drive (i.e. acceleration, braking, steering) which provides repair and maintenance recommendations to the manufacturer based on data collected.
Gathering repair and maintenance data are not new concepts; the auto industry has had access to that for a number of years. However, this data is only sent to the vehicle manufacturer; not the owner or an independent technician that may be working on your vehicle. This puts the manufacturer in a very advantageous position. As a result, the vehicle owner is left with limited repair or maintenance options outside the dealership which may result in higher costs.
If you think vehicle owners should be the ones controlling who can directly access and control this data, you are not alone. Nearly 90% of consumers share this thought, as does the Auto Care Association.
As a consumer and vehicle owner, there are actions you can take. Learn more about your rights by reading the full Driver Bill of Rights, available at YourCarYourData.org. Demand to know what data was collected from your vehicle, who received that data, and how it will be used.
By doing your research and due diligence, you can help increase vehicle data awareness and its ultimate impact on consumers.
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