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Two-thirds of fleets want tighter data regulations

Date: 06 July 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Almost two thirds (63%) of respondents to this year's BVRLA Fleet Technology Survey believe that more standards and regulations are needed to control access to vehicle and driver data.

According to the BVRLA, a quarter of the 85 people surveyed also cited data concerns as the biggest threat to the take-up of new connected technologies.

Meanwhile, just over half (54%) believe that in-built telematics would become the most common source for driver and vehicle data within the next five years with just under a third (29%) predicting this would be accessed via smartphone fleet management apps.

However, there doesn't seem to be an increased uptake of telematics, with two-thirds of those surveyed saying that less than a quarter of vehicles on their books are fitted with a black boxes. Cost is becoming less of an issue - just 20% claimed the price of the technology is stopping them from adopting telematics, compared to 34% in 2015.

Technology is becoming more and more key within fleets though, with 54% saying they expect their technology budgets to rise this year, while 1% are expecting a decrease in budget.

Looking ahead to the future, respondents to the poll, those surveyed said  that autonomous emergency braking and in-car cameras would be the most important safety technologies for fleets in 2020.

The BVRLA has also unveiled its new Fleet Technology White Paper, which details changes affecting the vehicle rental and leasing industry, covering autonomous driving, connected cars, cyber security, data, fleet management, future mobility models and forthcoming powertrains.

"The automotive industry will experience more change in the next decade than it did in the previous 50 years," said Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive. "But what we are seeing is not one revolution - it is three. We are seeing radical changes in the way vehicles are powered, operated and used. These three revolutions will benefit society but create new challenges for fleet operators."

"We'll work with the Information Commissioner's Office and other authorities in keeping members up-to-date regarding the key cyber security and data protection issues for our sector, and we'll regularly update our Code of Conduct to ensure that the BVRLA quality standard benchmark continues to provide the same assurance for customers using a new generation of mobility and connected vehicle services," he added.