OBD Port Access Saved by EU Regulation

A European regulation will states that car makers should provide third parties unrestricted access to vehicle On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Port.

On December 7th the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on a proposal from the Commission “on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.“

The text clearly states that: “Manufacturers shall provide to independent operators unrestricted and standardised access to vehicle OBD information, diagnostic and other equipment, tools including any relevant software and vehicle repair and maintenance information.“

This comes as a relief for an number of aftermarket solution providers in location tracking, usage-based insurance and other segments that heavily rely on the OBD port as a mean to access car data.

In the last few years a number of car makers have threaten to eliminate the OBD, most notably citing security reasons, as the port is often used to hack car electronics during car theft.

The upcoming ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility conference in Brussels (Feb 7th-8th 2018) will dedicate a session to the OBD technology & future. Learn more here.

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

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