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ETRMA welcomes Data Act

The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has welcomed the publication of the Data Act, saying it is a-proven landmark in the Digital Single Market journey.

More precisely, the high-level principles for end-users and service providers presented in the Data Act should be urgently and concretely deployed in the automotive sector, according to the ETRMA.

It says there is a need to accelerate the required steps for putting in place sector specific provisions for accessing in-vehicle data, and being able to ensure fair competition among industry players and EU competitiveness and leadership.

The tyre industry has already invested a lot in developing technologies that allow consumers and businesses to benefit from tyre and mobility services, which contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions while ensuring road safety.

However, to continue offering these services and advanced full-fledged digital solutions, the ETRMA says clear dedicated implementation requirements within the vehicle ecosystem are required.

The Data Act lays down important principles. It establishes an important right for users to access the data generated through their use of connected products, and to assign rights of access to the data to a third-party service provider of their choice.

Also, aftermarket repair and maintenance services and access to diagnostics information are explicitly included.

Other important provisions include the manufacturer’s obligations to make the data transparent and “easily accessible” to the user, restrictions on the manufacturer to monitor the activities of the user or third- party and on compensation for the costs of making data available, particularly for SMEs.