The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed the final report of the High Level Group ‘GEAR 2030’, which has set out its analysis of the key trends and challenges that will affect the future of the European automotive industry.
The Gear 2030 Group brought together the European Commission, several EU Member States and representatives from the entire automotive sector, and represented, as stated by Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska “the conclusion of a two years journey on the future of the automotive sector”.
FIGIEFA was part of the High Level Group and used its participation to bring in the independent automotive aftermarket perspective.
IAAF Wendy Williamson
The Report sets out the analysis conducted by the High Level Group on the current and future situation of the automotive sector in the actual fast changing landscape and makes recommendations for EU policy initiatives.
It also highlights that the automotive sector will face a profound transformation due to changes in digitalisation, automated and connected driving and societal changes. FIGIEFA, together with other European associations, stressed that access to in-vehicle data is crucial for the development of digital innovation.
The Report includes ‘Recommendation 26’ which calls upon the Commission “to assess whether additional sector-specific legislation is needed for access to vehicle data”.
During the final exchange of view, FIGIEFA President Hartmut Röhl referred to the recently published TRL Report, calling upon “the European Commission to proceed to a swift legislative implementation of the interoperable in-vehicle telematics platform. This is the only solution which enables innovative services for Europe’s motoring consumers, and it thereby improves the competitiveness of Europe’s automotive sector as whole”.
Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “We, along with FIGIEFA, are extremely encouraged by the final report, and we particularly welcome Recommendation 26 that calls for the consideration of extra sector-specific legislation for vehicle data access.
“Direct access to in-vehicle data is pivotal for the future of the aftermarket. The report’s findings, that the existence of a competitive and functioning automotive aftermarket value chain is key to the proper maintenance of the EU’s 284 million vehicles throughout their lives, is a significant step forward.”