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CARMUNICATION ENABLES FAIR ACCESS TO LIVE VEHICLE DATA

Live vehicle data is the core requirement for many businesses today and will continue to grow in importance in the future. Access to these data is of vital importance and can make the difference between success and failure for businesses. It has been established that access-restrictions can significantly impede business opportunities and must be avoided at all costs.

In order to get a more general understanding of the importance of fair and equal access to live vehicle data, we recommend that you view this video from AFCAR.

Today, car manufacturers act as gatekeepers by restricting or even preventing third-party access to the data that is generated by the vehicle. In fact, for the Independent Aftermarket, live vehicle data is only available today to its stakeholders on a very limited scale. With this problem in mind, Carmunication was founded as a non-profit association in 2016 to achieve our goal of fair access to live vehicle data for all players in the Automotive Aftermarket.

We believe in privacy by design, allowing the owner and users of the vehicle to decide who gets access to the data that is generated. A robust consent management is thus at the core of our efforts to enable fair access to live vehicle data.

We set our goal to achieve free access to live vehicle data for all players in the Automotive Aftermarket. Our membership structure is uniquely diverse and ranges from small start-ups, through advocacy groups all the way to large multinational corporations.

With this diversity in mind we recognized the importance of incorporating the voice of every member big and small, as we clearly stated in our core values:

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Equality

We believe strongly in equal opportunities for everyone so every member has the same level of influence. Our voting structure prevents imbalances among our members and avoids conflicts of interest.

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Carmunication is an association that solely serves the interests of its members and is not profit-oriented. Due to this structure, we allow every member to have the same amount of leverage regarding the direction that the association is moving into. Our internal groups are open to any member that has an interest in shaping the direction of Carmunication.
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Political voice

We are the voice for all independent parties in the automotive sector. As a neutral association we help shape future legislation on access to live vehicle data.

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To achieve this goal, we represent the members of Carmunication on the FIGIEFA board. FIGIEFA is the federation and political representation of independent wholesalers and retailers of automotive spare parts in the EU. Together with other representatives of the automotive industry within AFCAR, mobility service providers, insurers, motorists, consumers and SME representatives such as ADPA, CECRA and EGEA, FIGIEFA is the political voice of the independent aftermarket.

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Openness

We don’t believe in isolation. Every party that shares our vision and beliefs is welcome to join us. In fact, we are certain that collaboration across all stakeholders is the only option moving forward.

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Our members come from many different branches and thus have different wants and needs. We have members from the automotive industry, automotive trade, parts catalogue providers, technical data providers and telematics providers. Check out our members here and see why they joined our association.
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Knowledge sharing

We actively support our members in finding the right solutions for their business. Our strong network facilitates the exchange of best-practices and lessons learned at eye-level so everyone can benefit.

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We facilitate the development of real-world working examples that incorporate live vehicle data to facilitate the needs of our members. Carmunication helps its members by coordinating the different parties that are involved in these projects. This way Carmunication helps to increase the understanding among its members on what is possible and what the benefits can be when working with live vehicle data today.

Furthermore, we regularly organize webinars on the latest topics with relevance for the independent automotive aftermarket. These range from political topics surrounding the access to live vehicle data to concrete use cases that are already possible or in development. Check out our past webinars here.

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Networking

We bring like-minded people together and have built a community of industry experts to facilitate the exchange of experiences and opinions on automotive challenges. This way we help our members expand their network.

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We have at least two association-wide meetings per year and our Advisory Board gets together every 2-3 months to discuss the future direction. Besides the regular tasks of the association meetings, we always include an open part for non-members to get to know Carmunication as an association as well as our members. During this open part we present topics that are relevant for the independent aftermarket. This way we help getting relevant players together so that companies cooperate with each other.

Read about our last meetings in Amsterdam, Bergamo as well as our virtual meeting.

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Teams

Our association has several different teams that are open to any member and focus on the key areas of activity for Carmunication.

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In order to be efficient in a variety of different fields, Carmunication has several teams that work on multiple subjects. There are teams for the technical aspects, for OE data and relations as well as a communication team that is the voice of Carmunication to the outside. These teams meet regularly to coordinate the next steps that should be taken and how to do so.

Caught your attention?

Then join us at our next event and be a part of the growing community. Let’s shape the future of the Automotive Aftermarket together!

Want to get to know our members?

Sure thing, just head over here to see why they have joined and what their visions are.

Need more info?

Get in touch and talk to our experts to see how we can work together.