BETHESDA, Md.—"Your Car, Your Data, Your Choice" was the Auto Care Association's primary campaign in 2019.
According to Bill Hanvey, ACA president and CEO, that will not change in 2020.
"The access to vehicle data and the consumer's right to decide where that data is being sent—that's our priority for this year," Hanvey said.
To ensure action on that front, the ACA is supporting data access legislation at both the federal and state level.
Hanvey admitted that action is far more likely on the state level, particularly in Massachusetts, where a revision of the state's Right to Repair law, to include access to data generated by telematics and autonomous vehicles, is in the works.
A Right to Repair ballot initiative proved overwhelmingly successful in Massachusetts in 2016, and the state is prepared to place the revision on the ballot in 2020, according to Hanvey. "But we are pursuing legislative action to eliminate the need for a ballot initiative," he said. "What we really want is an agreement with the auto makers, but so far they are unwilling to negotiate on this.
"We have come to the table with a technical solution, which they asked us to do," Hanvey said. "We have demonstrated we have a solution that works technologically to answer the question of cybersecurity, based on standards used today."
The ACA also wants to have federal legislation on data access introduced, even though in 2020 it will be "a long shot," Hanvey said.
"Once the Massachusetts bill gets passed, we would like to go back to the federal side and have them piggyback on that," he said.
Among other government initiatives, the ACA supported final approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which guarantees market access for ACA members to North American markets. It also supports a trade agreement with China.