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Release date: 1/5/2018

U.S. Congress is Legislating Access to Vehicle-Generated Data

The U.S. House and Senate are currently considering legislation for highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs).  An issue being debated is whether fleet managers will have real-time access to vehicle- and engine-generated data. The immediate question is whether Congressional leaders will include data access in the final legislation.
Vehicle-generated data is a critical part of fleet management.  Whether vehicles are owned or leased, the fleet manager relies on direct access to the data to monitor the engine, the vehicle and driver.  NAFA’s position is that the owner or lessee of the vehicle should have direct, real-time access to data collected, generated, recorded or stored by the vehicle (vehicle-generated data), including data for emissions control, diagnosis, repair and maintenance.
Legislative Status
Senate – the Senate Commerce Committee has approved S. 1885, the AV START Act.  This bill includes a NAFA-supported amendment sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and adopted with bi-partisan support.  The Inhofe amendment would establish a data access committee to make policy recommendations regarding autonomous vehicle data ownership, control, and access.
The membership of the data access committee was carefully negotiated to preserve balanced representation among stakeholders, including fleet managers.  The data access committee would report back to Congress. 
House – the House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved and the House has passed H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act.  This legislation does not address data access.  The Committee’s leadership questions whether data access and the Inhofe amendment merit being included in the final bill.
NAFA’s Objective
NAFA is collaborating with allied organizations to urge the House and Senate to integrate Senator Inhofe’s amendment into the final bill. 
What You Can Do!
The leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will ultimately decide whether to adopt Senator Inhofe’s amendment.  If your company or agency has a Washington, D.C., representative, please request that they contact the House Energy and Commerce Committee with the request that it accept the Inhofe amendment.  Let them know how important access to vehicle-generated data is to your fleet.
For Additional Information:  Please contact NAFA’s U.S. Legislative Counsel Pat O’Connor at 703-351-6222 or by email at