Modern cars are not merely means of transport, but increasingly data producers and data carriers. Even before the engine starts to buzz, the manufacturers already receive a multitude of data from countless sensors installed by them in the vehicle, all of which are generated by the car drivers. The car’s data architecture remains at the manufacturers’ discretion, which means that thanks to the exclusive technical control of the data they come de facto into their possession, and they are therefore being able to determine about the collection, storage, processing, use and transfer of the vehicle data. This often happens without the own intervention or even knowledge of the consumers, who usually do not even have access to their own data – despite car ownership.
The connected vehicle is not a future vision, but already a reality on our roads. Thanks to their telematic systems, cars already offer car users a wide range of value-added services, from current traffic information to route planning and location-based information on, for example, the nearest restaurant or car park. But this flow of data is not a one-way street.
In retrospect, it has all happened very quickly: the Internet has only been in commercial operation since 1993. Internet access today is not just part of everyday life on stationary computers, but also on mobile devices.