MEMA, AASA to NHTSA: Ensure access to vehicle diagnostics and telematics

MEMA and AASA are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ensure that its “Framework for Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices” do not unintentionally limit access to vehicle diagnostics and telematics.

Representatives of the two associations reviewed the Framework at the NHTSA Cybersecurity Roundtable in mid January, hosted by the agency leaders and also attended by other automotive groups.

In a letter to Dr. Mark Rosekind, NHTSA administrator, MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh urged an inclusive process in developing the final cybersecurity best practices.

“We appreciate your remarks about the importance of this issue and the need for all industry stakeholders, including motor vehicle suppliers, to play an active role in addressing cybersecurity matters going forward,” Handschuh said. “We want to reiterate and emphasize how important it is that both original equipment and aftermarket suppliers remain an integral part of the process.”

He noted that motor vehicle parts manufacturers provide innovative vehicle systems and components for original equipment vehicles and to the aftermarket for maintenance and repair, where roughly two-thirds of all vehicles are serviced.

“The aftermarket parts and device manufacturers and independent repair facilities stand ready to participate in the Best Practice development process for ensuring safe and secure transmission of data needed for vehicle maintenance, repairs and software updates,” Handschuh wrote in the letter to Rosekind. “The aftermarket’s participation in these endeavors is critical to preserve consumers’ choice to have their vehicles serviced by both the dealer network and independent repair facilities.”


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