Vehicle Data

Access to and Control of Vehicle Data

The Issue

Direct access to vehicle data is under threat by vehicle manufacturers. Historically, OBD-2 ports have granted vehicle owners and technicians access to vehicle data to assist with maintenance and repair. However, in the digital age of the modern car, vehicle data is now transmitted wirelessly and sent directly only to vehicle manufacturers. The vast majority of modern vehicles can transmit data on virtually every aspect of its operation including:

  • Your driving behavior, such as steering, acceleration and braking;
  • Important repair and maintenance data;
  • Your GPS location;
  • Vehicle health, including fuel use, emissions and engine hours;
  • and more.

Wireless transmission of data, also known as telematics, allows vehicles to be diagnosed and in some cases, repaired without ever going to a shop. While access to this data could provide many benefits to car owners, currently the data is sent only to the vehicle manufacturer who then serves as gatekeeper for the data, determining who can have access and at what cost.

With vehicle data, drivers unwittingly generate new revenue streams for vehicle manufacturers every time they get behind the wheel. Not surprisingly, vehicle manufactures are not acknowledging that a globally recognized technical design framework for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), like the Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI), could enable solutions consumers can use to directly access their vehicle data, as well as direct the data to the service provider of their choice. These solutions are based on standards which provide security, privacy, choice and safety, leveling the playing field through secure and standardized data access.

Our Position

We believe drivers should have the right to transparency around the data collected from their vehicles, including what was collected, how it was used and with whom the vehicle manufacturers shared it. Further, access to data needed to diagnose and repair should be direct from the vehicle and in real time. Your car, your data, your choice. Read the full Driver Bill of Rights and learn more at

Direct access is secure using industry standards. Via a Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI), shops with authorization from the owner will be able to directly access related vehicle health and repair information so that a consumer’s vehicle can be repaired either by themselves or by the repair shop of their choosing.

How This Impacts You

In 2020, voters in Massachusetts demanded their rights to vehicle data access and control by voting “Yes” on Right to Repair 2.0. But the fight for federal legislation to secure our rights across the United States has just begun.

If manufacturers are permitted to control access to data, they will have the ability to determine who can repair their vehicles and at what cost. Such action would give manufacturers almost total control of the independent repair market, limiting consumer choice by bestowing the car company with almost total power over the aftermarket. We need to demand direct access and control of vehicle data.

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