IAAF welcomes FIGIEFA ExVe ‘Proof of Concept’ testing

Published:  24 April, 2019

The IAAF has welcomed the news that FIGIEFA, together with other stakeholders, is conducting ‘Proof of Concept’ testing of a ‘Remote Diagnostic’ use case as part of the investigation of the Extended Vehicle (ExVe) concept.

The use case selected is the EGR valve. The objective is to test how independent operators can receive relevant real-time data related to the EGR valve, perform a remote diagnostic test routine, and also carry out a remote temporary repair.

IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson said: “Considered as a major aftermarket threat to competition, ExVe would prevent direct, real-time, bi-directional access to the vehicle, its functions, data and users, for independent operators, needed for undistorted competition. A practical field test carried out last year showed the technical limits of ExVe, while another study commissioned by FIA, the international association of motorists and road patrols, has highlighted its economic flaws. Despite this evidence, the European Commission has asked ACEA, parts CLEPA and the AFCAR Aftermarket Alliance to run another ‘proof of concept’ of ExVe and Neutral Server (NS).

Wendy added: “The ‘Remote Diagnostic’ case requires several critical abilities, including direct access to in-vehicle data, real time data analysis requiring embedded applications, communication with the driver through HMI functions and communication with the service provider‘s remote technician. As such, it should expose the impact on competition, resulting from the restricted access to the vehicle and its data, together with the latency imposed by ExVe and NS.”

The ‘proof of concept’ is scheduled to be finalised in the next few weeks.

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