In an earlier post, we discussed the potential ownership models for autonomous vehicles, also known as driverless cars (“AVs”). Models range from true traditional ownership as we understand it today, to licensed-based models (vehicles owned by someone else but you can use them on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis), to service-based models (you do not own the vehicle, but you can call it when you want it, e.g. cab, Uber). In this post we will explore the data-intensiveness of autonomous vehicles, the impending data “land grab,” and who will own and control all of the data generated by AVs.
An AV can be thought of as a massive, always-on computer. Sensors in the AV interface with sensors in the environment. Data from satellite navigation systems is also in play. Who owns all that data? Is it the owner of the AV, the ‘driver’ of the AV (e.g. the licensee of a leased AV), or the party collecting the data?
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