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Ford Vehicle Data In China Will Be Stored Locally, Kept Within Country

In recent months, automakers have ramped up their commitment to connected vehicle services, bringing to light a number of privacy issues. This has caused a rift in China recently, as Tesla has come under fire for the way it stores and handles customer data, to the point where government officials actually instructed employees who own Teslas not to park them inside compounds, essentially calling them security risks. This prompted Tesla to set up a site in China to store this sensitive data, and now, Ford vehicle data will also be stored locally and kept within the country, according to Reuters.

Tesla and Ford will also be joined by BMW and Daimler, which will store the vehicle data they collect in China as well. The main concern here, at least on China’s part, is that this data could be sent to other countries and used against it in some way, though automakers claim to use the data specifically to improve technology such as self-driving features.

Ford vehicle data has been stored in China for some time now after the automaker set up a data center in the country in the first half of 2020. Meanwhile, Chinese government officials are working to update a law passed in 2017 that requires companies to store data locally so that it applies to smart vehicles. This isn’t unprecedented, as the European Union already employs strict guidelines concerning the handling of data.

The way automakers manage vehicle data will be a chief concern moving forward as each continues to generate more and more of it. Ford CEO Jim Farley has previously stated that he believes connected vehicle services will be a big source of revenue for the automaker in the coming years as Ford expects to have 32 million connected vehicles on the road by 2028 thanks to its recently revealed Blue Oval Intelligence connected vehicle platform.

We’ll have more on the future of connected vehicles and the data they generate soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Lee

    Great. Just gives y’all that warm/fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it?
    Farley? Y’all been fraternizing with Sleepy Joe again?

  2. Mike says..

    Collection and use of data by/for anyone is a huge issue. Factor in China and politics and then brain dead remarks of some on this site and you will have the perfect storm. The intersection of data and the evolving artificial intelligence industry will be a true wonderland for some and a nightmare for many. If FORD and others cave in to ‘China only’ demands concerning its storage, I doubt anything good will come of it. It is your data (customer) you should have control of it and manufacturers that ignore customer rights will not deserve any business.

  3. Dave Mathers

    How ironic is it that the country with one of the highest number of spies throughout the world is worried about their own security!!


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