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Thursday, 07 April 2016 21:44

Auto Care Association and CARE Testify on Telematics

The Auto Care Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) applauded the Rhode Island House Legislature for considering legislation (HB 7711) that would require car companies to provide car owners with the ability to control where information transmitted by vehicle telematics systems is sent.

Testimony jointly submitted by the associations for a hearing held March 29 by the House Committee on Corporations outlined some of the extensive benefits of telematics to the auto care industry, including the ability for shops to obtain diagnostic data from a vehicle before it arrives at the shop, which could improve service bay efficiency and speed the vehicle repair process. However, the associations pointed to the fact that, “All of the data available from embedded systems currently goes to the vehicle manufacturer, allowing them, and only them, to reap the benefits of this technology.”

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