Industry-wide data standards called for by BVRLA

8th July 2016

Industry-wide data standards called for by BVRLA (image credit: iStock/xubingruo)

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has called for fleet operators across the UK to band together and create a new industry-wide standard for access to and the use of in-vehicle data.

With the growth in connectivity that has entered all aspects of modern life in recent years, fleet operators now need to be aware of the wealth of data that is at their disposal that has been and is being logged by their vehicles on a daily basis.

It could be an extremely valuable resource in terms of better understanding journey planning, driver behaviour and much more, but only if it is properly protected.

Indeed, research carried out by the BVRLA revealed that almost two-thirds of UK fleet operators (63 per cent) currently believe new standards and regulation are required to control access to vehicle data.

"The automotive industry will experience more change in the next decade than it did in the previous 50 years. But what we are seeing is not one revolution – it is three," BVRLA chief executive Gerry Kearney argued.

"We are seeing radical changes in the way vehicles are powered, operated and used. These three revolutions will benefit society but create new challenges for fleet operators."

He concluded that the BVRLA will now work alongside the Information Commissioner's Office and other authorities to help in the creation of these standards, which will be potentially of great benefit to all members of the UK fleet sector in the years to come.