TO THE EDITOR:
Manufacturers want buyers to know why their product is the better choice to purchase. To prove continued performance and cost to operate, automotive manufacturers need to only disclose all maintenance data for all service professionals to keep us coming back to their products ("Group at odds with automakers over who controls access to vehicle data," autonews.com, Sept. 3).
In a letter to Congress, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation wrote: "Simply put, while manufacturers remain committed to allowing consumers to decide where to take their vehicle for repair and maintenance needs, there is no scenario in which real-time, remote access by third parties would be necessary to diagnose or repair a vehicle."
To the point, we cannot allow anyone to press the "I understand the risk" button when their decision can affect more than their own consequences and put the lives of others at risk.
DAVID DeVEAU, Owner, DeVco Design & Development, Westfield, Mass. The writer is an independent transportation safety advocate. DeVco Design & Development is an engineering consultancy.