Exclusive Exclusive: German Carmakers Want to Collect Far-Reaching Driving Data

German automakers are lobbying for more lenient policies on data protection and clarifying laws in Germany in order for self-driving cars to become viable in the future, Handelsblatt has learned. A paper by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, handed to the German government and obtained by Handelsblatt, argues that companies must be allowed to add data storage systems to vehicles and use the data in real time. The data would also be used for “product monitoring, product development and quality control,” according to the paper, and will allow carmakers to enter the big data arena. Among other things, the data systems should be used to settle responsibilities in case of traffic violations and accidents, the paper said. In fact, the lobby group argued the government should only authorize the production of self-driving cars that will have inbuilt “event logs” and “driving mode logs” in order to safeguard the victims of accidents. The lobby group also called on the government to settle current “legal uncertainty” about whether the manufacturer or the driver would be liable in case of an accident. The current uncertainty “effectively opposes” the use of autonomous driving technologies.   Read more in Friday’s Handelsblatt Global Edition at 12:00 CET.