Massachusetts Right to Repair Law: Vehicle Data Access [RR 574]
Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Auto Care Association. Bill is engaging the automotive aftermarket to get involved in letting your legislators know the issue about data. Your help is needed to help in amending the right to repair legislation. Learn everything you can about this fight to amend the right to repair legislation. Ownership of Vehicle Telematic Data Must Flow to the Vehicle Owner.
Do you know that a car collects data as you drive? By 2022, 87% of new vehicles will be transmitting telematic data wirelessly. But who owns the data? The car manufacturer does. Without access to data, the independent service professional will not be able to get specific diagnostic data from the vehicle.
Bill leads the strategic direction of The Auto Care Association’s 3,000 members and 150,000 companies representing automotive manufacturers, distributors, and service providers. Find Bill’s other episodes HERE.
Aaron Lowe, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs.
Key Talking Points:
Massachusetts Question 1 - “Right to Repair Law” Vehicle Data Access Requirement Initiative (2020)
Who has the data will determine who will repair cars in the future
Ad campaign from the OEMs are telling the consumer that they will be stalkedThey are playing on fear
They do have a foundation to stand on for why they should not allow access to mechanical data except for monopolization
In Europe you have to do to the OEMs cloud for data and pay for it
Aaron Lowe “If the manufactures determine the terms of the data, the independent part of the industry is dead”.
This is a anti consumer initiative that would take choice away
If they totally controlled the data the OEMs could determine who sells their cars
Bill Hanvey: “It is ironic that the OEMs are criticizing the aftermarket for an accusation that is not true about accessing personal data, yet their business model is built upon selling that personal data”.
Aaron Lowe is working with other industry groups and associations to work on federal legislation
Opposition is spending a lot of money because they have a bad message
In 2012 we won the Right To Repair by a 84%-16% margin. It won’t be that wide this time
Message is simple: concentrating on consumer choice. It resonates with consumers and the voters in Massachusetts
Any shop in Massachusetts please pass on the need to vote yes. Get the marketing materials to your customers. Go to massrighttorepair.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Big supporters of this initiative are:CARE: Coalition of Automotive Repair Equality
All the major retailers and distributors
This is not the time to sit on the sidelines. Everyone's help is needed
Vehicle data ownershipMost people don’t know their car is transmitting data- have no control of data
People who are made aware want to have control of data and be activist
Telematic data- transmitted wirelessly, by the year 2022 87% of new vehicles will be transmitting wirelessly
Right to Repair- passed in 2013, make nationwide program. Same access as the dealership. Telematic data left out. Have legislation to amend the Right to Repair Act to include telematics data. Pursuing ballot question for voters to vote if legislation doesn’t go through.Hoping by Fall of 2020 legislation or ballot will be passed
66 sponsors of the bill, need 100 to be sure it will be passed
Get involvedLet your legislators know the issue of data
Create a relationship with your congressperson- have them visit your business to hear your story
Autocare.org – government affairs section, telematics petition
Yourcaryourdata.org – download information to educate employees and customers
Educational campaign- activate industry
Tariffs-tax on the American consumerWill affect consumer
Consolidation of industrySuppliers and distribution- service provider next
Opportunity for buyer and seller of businesses
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