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Access to Data in Connected Cars and the Recent Reform of the Motor Vehicle Type Approval Regulation

Wolfgang Kerber () and Daniel Gill ()
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Wolfgang Kerber: Philipps University Marburg
Daniel Gill: Philipps University Marburg

MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)

Abstract: The need for regulatory solutions for access to in-vehicle data and resources of connected cars is one of the big controversial and unsolved policy issues. Last year the EU revised the Motor Vehicle Type Approval Regulation which already entailed a FRAND-like solution for the access to repair and maintenance information (RMI) to protect competition on the automotive aftermarkets. However, the transition to connected cars changes the technological conditions for this regulatory solution significantly. This paper analyzes the reform of the type approval regulation and shows that the regulatory solutions for access to RMI are so far only very insufficiently capable of dealing with the challenges coming along with increased connectivity, e.g. with regard to the new remote diagnostic, repair and maintenance services. Therefore, an important result of the paper is that the transition to connected cars will require a further reform of the rules for the regulated access to RMI (esp. with regard to data access, interoperability, and safety/security issues). However, our analysis also suggests that the basic approach of the current regulated access regime for RMI in the type approval regulation can also be a model for developing general solutions for the currently unsolved problems of access to in-vehicle data and resources in the ecosystem of connected driving.

Keywords: data access; Internet of Things; connected cars; aftermarkets; digital economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K23 K24 L62 L86 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ict, nep-law, nep-ore and nep-tre
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