U.S. Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-Georgia), is currently developing an automotive data access bill that will create a stakeholder committee at the U.S. Department of Transportation, allowing policymakers to hear from all sides of the automated vehicle discussion and ensure the independent repairer has a seat at the table, according to the Automotive Service Association (ASA). Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be involved with the committee.
If enacted, Rep. Carter’s bill would establish a congressional advisory committee comprised of representatives of the automotive aftermarket and other affected stakeholders. The committee is tasked with producing a comprehensive report on vehicle data, intellectual property protections, customer privacy, cybersecurity and vehicle safety within two years, according to ASA. One of the advisory committee’s members would be a representative of the independent repair sector.
The bill acknowledges the rapidly changing nature of automotive technology and would provide much needed insight to Congress, as well as federal regulators, according to ASA, which supports the bill.
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