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Connected vehicle data has the potential to end the scourge of potholes, improve driver behaviour and reduce the impact of incidents on UK roads, according to the Connected Places Catapult (CPC). The CPC has conducted a stakeholder workshop seeking to understand what challenges would need to be overcome to unlock the value of this data in the UK. 

The research follows a report published by the SMMT stating that in 2019 71% of new vehicles registered in the UK were connected, reaching 100% by 2026 – creating a rich data stream which will enable further innovation in the sector.

The CPC identified challenges including improving public and business trust in data sharing, lack of awareness of existing standards and technology maturity levels. A key theme highlighted throughout the research was the need for a more strategic approach across the sector, which brings together isolated and uncoordinated development activities and joins existing information.

Industry leaders who took part in the research called for a number of activities to be launched in the UK before 2025 to address these challenges. These included tasks around skill development, technology development, identification of business benefits and updating regulation.

Henry Tse, CPC Director of New Mobility Technologies, commented:  

There is a market need to pull data and insights together and increase knowledge-sharing across the connected vehicle sector, rather than it be stored in disparate locations. Doing this will unlock a host of benefits which could improve road safety for users, unlock economic benefits through a more efficient transport system and create innovative new businesses and services.

We are now recommending the establishment of a consortium which can support and guide the activities and projects in this area, create a clear industry vision and accelerate the value the UK gets from this data in the new decade”

Iain Forbes, Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, said:  

“In-vehicle data offers a host of potential benefits to UK consumers. This roadmap is a useful contribution to the essential work on how this data could be used to unlock exciting new services in a safe and sustainable way.”

The key benefits identified with in-vehicle data are:

  • Driver behaviour monitoring
  • Road condition monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Supporting MaaS journey platforms
  • Identifying ‘abnormal’ traffic behaviour

The key risks identified are:

  • No agreements on standards for safety data
  • Commercial models limit consumer choice or impact pricing
  • Detrimental impact on aftermarket competition
  • Scale of data is too big to handle / process
  • Hacking of vehicle controls

The workshop attendees identified 12 barriers to the exploitation:

  • Competition between organisations
  • High equipment and testing costs
  • Difficulty accessing complete data sets
  • Lack of awareness of standards
  • Local authorities have limited resources
  • Missing business case / evidence
  • Lack of public trust
  • Politically challenging to implement
  • Reduced convenience to travellers
  • Unwillingness of organisations to share data
  • Vehicle data ownership
  • Vehicle sensing capability

A full summary of findings can be found here 

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