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Thursday, 02 June 2016 17:18

Rhode Island Telematics Bill Stalls in Committee

On May 24, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 2055. This legislation attempts to regulate the generation, collection, analysis, dissemination and sharing of connected-car vehicle data.

The Automotive Service Alliance (ASA) opposes S.B. 2055. Prior to the hearing, ASA submitted a letter explaining its position on the bill to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael J. McCaffrey. In the letter, ASA’s legislative representative, Robert L. Redding Jr., said:

“SB 2055 is not about the ability to repair vehicles as proponents of the bill have suggested; all of the information necessary to diagnose and repair an automobile is readily available to consumers and all repair facilities. In fact, ASA, in collaboration with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) recently launched a new comprehensive online resource at to further assist independent repair professionals and interested consumers in accessing factory tools, service information, programming software and more. And automakers have entered into a 50-state Memorandum of Understanding that ensures access to tools and electronic service information and data necessary to repair any vehicle; legislation in Rhode Island is not necessary for service and repair needs.”

To see the full text of Senate Bill 2055, please visit ASA's legislative website at

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