The Global Alliance for Vehicle Data Access (GAVDA) is a diverse group of global stakeholders and thought leaders united by a common goal of maintaining control by motor vehicle owners over personal and vehicle-generated data. This common goal is to be achieved by preserving and enhancing the current vehicle data environment of open, secure, technology-neutral and direct access by vehicle owners to real-time data. GAVDA promotes a data access model that provides for vehicle owner control (including access by parties authorized by the vehicle owner), ensures full and fair competition, protects personal privacy, advances data security, and enables the appropriate use of data analytics driven by public interest.
GAVDA pursues this common goal through research, advocacy, and collaboration. Participation in GAVDA is open to all organizations and entities that endorse GAVDA’s common goal, including non-governmental organizations such as trade associations and public interest groups, academics, government agencies, companies and others.
Technology is poised to dramatically alter the way individuals and freight are moved across town and across the world. Connected and fully autonomous vehicles will be transformative, and most experts agree that these vehicles are inevitable.
The future mobility ecosystem offers significant opportunities for increased safety, innovative transportation business models, and greatly expanded transportation choices for individuals and communities.
Given the right legal framework, the future mobility ecosystem will lead to innovative approaches to mobility and increased consumer choices and options.
A legal framework is required for mobility stakeholders to manage the access to the data generated by vehicles, and to determine whether data is personally identifiable and as a result, subject to greater privacy protections. This group of data access stakeholders includes individual vehicle owners, vehicle manufacturers, vehicle hardware and software manufacturers, vehicle telematics companies, insurance companies, vehicle repair and parts companies, and companies that manage and/or own vehicles such as car rental and fleet management companies.
Today, there is little or no governing law on the issue of vehicle data ownership, access, control and use. Some stakeholders have suggested that data access must be restricted to preserve vehicle cybersecurity. Decisions on data access must be made with input from all stakeholders and with appropriate government oversight. Shutting down a vehicle owner's access to and control of vehicle data violates that owner's fundamental property rights.
The manner in which personally identifiable and vehicle-generated data are regulated will be the core determinant of whether competition will drive a robust mobility ecosystem in the future or the market will become vertically integrated, with a narrow segment of stakeholders controlling the entire scope of mobility services and transportation models.