Tilburg, February 9th 2018

In the future, the volume of data will increase enormously. As more daily-used devices will get connected to platforms and to each other, more data will be generated. For businesses, this is an opportunity to create new business cases and to provide you as a consumer with more, for example, personalised services.

Lately, the topics “data” and “privacy” are often mentioned in combination. This is a consequence of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be implemented on 25th of May 2018. This Regulation protects the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons around personal data. For you, as a consumer, this creates the possibility to become more in control of your personal data and data sharing. You will decide which data you want to share and with whom you want to share it.

The cars you are driving nowadays are actually big computers on wheels, who generate large amounts of data. This data can be a valuable input for services from which you can benefit as a consumer. At Crossyn we want to amaze you with the possibilities of this so called “Smart Mobility”. But we think that you deserve a little explanation about different types of data. That is why we would like to inform you about the difference in Personal data, Vehicle data and External data.


This is the most important type of data when it comes to the GDPR. Personal data is the term for any information that is related to an identified or an identifiable natural person (data subject). An identifiable natural person can be anyone who can be identified, directly or indirectly. In particular when there is a reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or one of the many more factors specific to several identities of that natural person.


Vehicle data is the type of data that cars generate and is primarily data of technical nature. After the translation of this data into information, it can be used for many services. Services are able to improve the drivers’ experience, motivate the driver to drive more safely or eco-friendly or it could help a driver to reduce fuel consumption. Vehicle data could also provide you with an overview of the condition of the parts in your vehicle. 


External data refers to data that is not being generated by your car, or data that is not by definition personal data. External data is available from, as you can guess, an external source like for example your smartphone. Other types of external data can be weather data or data about traffic control.


By combining these sorts of data, it is possible to enrich your driving experience through smarter mobility, while you remain in full control of your data sharing.


Author: Kiek van de Wiel