Data privacy: Now as important as safety and quality in Automotive

We sat down with Virginie Laurent recently to learn more about the implications for suppliers.

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Bureau Veritas helps customers worldwide assess their products, assets and workforce to meet standards and compliance requirements. For Virginie Laurent, the firm’s Automotive Global Market Leader, the growing prevalence of user data applications in automotive has raised the stakes and the relative priority of data protection. We sat down with Virginie recently to learn more about the implications for suppliers.

How would you describe automotive suppliers’ “license to operate”?

I would say that compliance, quality and performance are probably the main targets for this automotive sector. On top of that, it’s crucial that—following your digital transformation—you implement it carefully across your organization and as well as your supply chain. The automotive market has been recently affected by major scandals or recalls. It has shown a lack of transparency between the key players of the ecosystem. Bureau Veritas acts as a neutral party to ensure that trust and transparency can be part of any new innovation.

How important will reputation become in a connected, fast-moving shared economy?

Each key player of the automotive market has interest on data from carmakers, suppliers, insurance as well, for example, in case of accidents. I have no doubt that each of those players are conscious that through the digital transformation it’s crucial to take care of data and data privacy. We recommend to innovate with embedded security by design. And Bureau Veritas has put in place a standard methodology to help each actor to mitigate risk, enable innovation adoption, keep data safe for all and act according to data privacy rules.

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How well do automotive industry players understand data privacy?

Some premium carmakers have implemented smart production lines. In general, the automotive industry is implementing the Industry 4.0 principle in a pragmatic manner. For example, Bureau Veritas is part of factory labs with other industrials like PSA Group to assess and validate some smart tools or solutions.

How are Industry 4.0 standards taking shape?

The automotive industry is continuing to evolve drastically and in particular, trust is really now at the heart of any innovation and help to maintain a good reputation for major automotive industries.