A study by a leading European motoring body has found that UK car-owners are against the idea of manufacturers having access to their vehicles’ data. The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) quizzed 999 British drivers on the issue of connected cars as part of a Europe-wide survey on the issue.
Connected cars is still mostly technology in the pipeline but is expected to become the motor industry norm within a few years. More than 70 per cent of British motorists said data collected from connected cars is private and manufacturers should not be able to use it to their benefit.
Only seven per cent believed that the maker of the vehicle owned the copyright on the information. Almost 90 per cent stated they would be okay with sharing details in emergencies or breakdowns.
The FIA quizzed car owners in 12 countries across Europe altogether. A huge 91 per cent of the people questioned in Europe said they should have the means of shutting off the connection.
The FIA had previously run an investigation into what connected car technology meant for owners of new-model cars. The results were startling and found the cars were able to save and transmit vehicle locations, how long journeys were, driver profiles and even personal data hacked from mobile-phone synchronisation.
AA president Edmund King noted that the outcome of the FIA survey meant drivers did not understand how connected car technology could be beneficial. He continued by saying the AA supported the technology but makers needed to ensure their customers knew what information was being collected and how it would be used.