Poll: digital industry, users favor mandatory V2X functionality

October 17, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A vast majority of enterprises in the German automotive industry calls for legal obligation to provide vehicle data for the purpose of optimizing traffic and improving road safety. In a survey conducted by German association of digital enterprises, Bitkom, almost ten out of ten interviewees acknowledged the benefits of weather and traffic data.

At a distance of two kilometers on the motorway, there is a threat of a fog bank or black ice on the motorway, and behind the next curve a traffic jam begins - so that drivers can be warned of such dangers in the future, vehicles must collect appropriate weather and traffic data and exchange them with each other. Around 9 out of 10 companies in the automotive industry (86 percent) therefore demand a legal obligation to provide anonymized vehicle data. One in four companies (25 percent) said that all data should have to be made available, while 61 percent argued for selected data. This is the result of a representative survey commissioned by Bitkom among board members and managing directors of companies in the automotive industry with 20 or more employees. The data already collected by vehicles today can improve the flow of traffic and thus protect the environment. But they can also prevent accidents and save lives," says Bitkom President Achim Berg. Drivers can be warned in time or sent on a better route. We need to make better use of these data resources."

The vast majority of automobile companies (98 percent each) that are in favor of a legal obligation are of the opinion that anonymized weather and state data in particular should be collected. 80 percent argue in favor of providing position data for the vehicle, three quarters (76 percent) in favor of using driving data such as speed, acceleration or braking processes. Four out of ten companies (42 percent) also consider it sensible to evaluate data on the technical condition of the vehicle on a legal basis. “The use of vehicle data is undoubtedly in the interest of society, but we also need clear and reliable rules on who is allowed to collect and use which data, especially with regard to self-driving cars," said Berg.

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