WASHINGTON—Connected vehicles have the potential to improve safety, security, mobility, and convenience for consumers—but the benefits will be limited absent the right public policies, according to a new report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading science and tech policy think tank. Emphasizing the need for government to ensure that connected vehicles can “talk” to infrastructure, the report offers specific principles to guide policymakers.
“The Internet of Things is advancing quickly, but without proactive policies, connected cars will be left behind in the dust,” said ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro, who co-authored the report. “Innovators face a complex regulatory environment, and slow action by federal and state governments has delayed the adoption of connected infrastructure. Government must tackle these issues for connected cars to be broadly adopted.”
To fully enable connected vehicle innovation, the report offers eight policy principles to guide policymakers:
- Support vehicle-to-everything (V2X) infrastructure.
- Promote national cooperation and interoperability for V2X.
- Incentivize companies to protect consumers.
- Ensure regulations are technology neutral.
- Rely on transparent industry-led standards for data protection.
- Restrict scope creep for regulators overseeing connected vehicle privacy.
- Allow vehicle owners to access and use their own data.
- Permit after-market modifications and repairs while protecting copyright
“Connected cars are poised to become the next big platform for innovation,” said Alan McQuinn, an ITIF research analyst and co-author of the report. “While the top concern of policymakers should be public safety, they should also protect opportunities for innovation.”