Non-tariff trade barriers create massive challenges for the aftermarket
Basic principles and assumptions behind “The Open Telematics Platform”
Recently the topic of data has been a subject of much controversy. The car generates large quantities of data to support it’s onboard functions, and the tendency is for that to further increase. Technical advances have made it possible to transfer the data in new ways. Currently, workshops connect diagnostic equipment to the vehicle via cable; technically wireless transfer is also possible. A wireless connection opens up new usage models. In addition to established diagnostic and repair solutions, in future new service offerings will become possible.
Unfortunately, new opportunities are often accompanied by risks, and that could be the case with transfer of data from the car. Providing access to data increases the risk of inappropriate data usage or data manipulation by a hacker. This is the reason for the topic “Open Telematics Platform” being one of the subjects addressed in the context of the European ITS action plans and the ITS guideline (2010/40/EU).
Sharing the same motivation, the VDA, together with its members, has prepared a positioning paper on the subject. The paper describes the basic principles and assumptions behind “The Open Telematics Platform.”
The “Quality is added value” initiative is designed to appeal to workshops
The “Quality is added value” industry initiative was started by supplier companies in 2010 and since then it has had the support of the VDA. The initiative is primarily designed to appeal to workshops to increase their awareness of product quality. In 2014, the homepage (www.qualitaet-ist-mehrwert.de) was revised and now provides new information and training courses for workshops. From September to November 2014, the initiative was unveiled at six company open days in Germany and the newsletter has been redesigned. At the end of 2014, an online survey was started and its results have been published on the website.
As a result of this exchange, the initiative started a campaign entitled “We make it exact!” to increase awareness on the part of workshops and consumers of the risks of fitting non-genuine spare parts. Arguments to be put to customers have been formulated for this purpose. These have been available to workshops since the start of 2015 in the form of a poster.