U.S. Proposes Voluntary Guidelines for "Automated Vehicles," Privacy and Safety Issues Remain a Challenge

The Department of Transportation has released federal guidelines for the automated vehicle industry. The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy backs the deployment of self-driving cars in the United States. The agency acknowledges privacy concerns and endorses the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which EPIC supports, however the framework lacks compliance obligations and  enforcement mechanisms.  The agency also proposes to preempt existing state regulations that may provide stronger protections. Last year in testimony before Congress, EPIC warned of public safety risks associated with automated vehicles. And yesterday Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker warned the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that "as cars go driverless . . . the cyberthreats we face will only grow more widespread." The Transportation Department seeks public comments on the Guidelines for Automated Vehicles. The deadline is November 22, 2016.

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