With the Trusted Data Center, TÜV Rheinland has developed a trust model that ensures the legally compliant use of data from connected vehicles. This means that manufacturers and fleet operators can only access data held in trust for their own purposes. The new service not only creates legal certainty in data protection, but also trust and enables the management of vehicle fleets to have a broader data base. Software developer d-amp wants to take advantage of these opportunities for its “vjumi” platform and associated app as the first customer of the Trusted Data Center. “vjumi” offers telematics services that enable the evaluation of digital vehicle data and make fleet management of a vehicle fleet more efficient. As a neutral body, TÜV Rheinland verifies the consent of users during the so-called opt-in of their company cars. The Trusted Data Center ensures that the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) is complied with when data is read out.
Trusted data protection enables optimized fleet management
According to a study by the University of St. Gallen, significantly more company car users are willing to agree to data analysis if a neutral data trustee like TÜV Rheinland is involved. “Modern connected vehicles already collect a great deal of data,” says Dr. Matthias Schubert, Executive Vice President Mobility at TÜV Rheinland. “With further advances in the development of automated and autonomous driving systems, this amount of data will continue to increase. For fleet operators, this data is a valuable asset. They see great potential in valid data, which increases their design options to make fleet management more efficient.”
Trusted Data Center regulates data access and use
The Trusted Data Center’s fiduciary function is suitable for all fleets, regardless of how the vehicles are used. So also for car sharing services, car rental companies, lessors, etc. “However, most fleet operators face two challenges: First, there are widespread uncertainties about legitimate privacy concerns. And second, cars of different brands use different data formats. With our Trusted Data Center and the new partner d-amp, we solve both in the interest of fleet operators and vehicle users,” explains Dr. Matthias Schubert.
TÜV Rheinland and d-amp want to jointly further develop the “vjumi” platform in order to be able to obtain more OEM data and other services for fleets via it in the future. TÜV Rheinland and the independent testing service providers organized in TÜV-Verband e.V. have long been calling for independent and non-discriminatory access to vehicle data, functions and resources, managed by data trustees such as the Trusted Data Center. www.tuv.com