Ottawa, Ontario — The Change.org petition created in support of the Your Data. Your Choice campaign demanding consumer access to vehicle data has garnered more than 25,000 signatures.
The Canadian campaign advocating for consumer control of vehicle data–which is currently ruled by OEMs–was first announced in November 2020 by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada). The petition hit 10,000 signatures on March 10 and reached 20,000 signees two weeks later on March 24.
By 2022, between 70 percent and 95 percent of new cars in Canada will be equipped with wireless technology that transmits vehicle data in real-time, estimates AIA Canada according to Deloitte data. Currently, data transmitted wirelessly goes only to the automakers, giving them full control over how it is used and who to share it with. Without direct access to and control of this data, vehicle owners may face higher costs and have fewer options when it comes to who maintains and repairs their vehicles, restricting their ability to choose more affordable repair options.
The U.S. Your Data. Your Choice petition has nearly 30,000 signatures so far. As of Monday at 2 p.m. ET, the Canadian petition stands at 25,022 signatures.
Click here to sign the Canadian Your Data. Your Choice petition.