They gather data about your location, driving behavior, vehicle health and more.
If your data is stored on a computer inside your car, you can control who accesses it. But newer cars began wirelessly transmitting data — straight to car manufacturers.
They could share and sell it with third parties without your consent or knowledge.
Car data is important for maintenance and repair. If auto manufacturers control it, they could limit the number of places you can take your car for service. You could be stuck with a more expensive option or have to take your car somewhere that's inconvenient for you.
Frequently asked questions and answers about our education campaign and car data.
A primer on car data — what it is and why you should care.