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Sen. Peters Statement on NHTSA Cybersecurity Best Practices for Connected and Automated Vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed cybersecurity best practices for automated and connected vehicles:

“Connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential to completely change the way we get around in the future, reduce accidents and save thousands of lives. But as with any new technology, there are also challenges that must be overcome to ensure these technologies reach their full potential. With the automation and computerization of these modern vehicles, cybersecurity must be a top priority for everyone. Robust security will ensure our cars operate as intended, and protect us from the potential damage of cyber threats and unpatched vulnerabilities.

“I am pleased that NHTSA is building on their previously announced automated vehicle guidance by establishing additional cybersecurity best practices that will facilitate the continued development of these life-saving and transformational technologies and ensure they are built on a foundation of strong cybersecurity principles. These best practices, coupled with the continued partnership of government, academia, industry, security researchers and consumer groups, is a critical element of getting these technologies ready for our roads in the safest and securest manner possible. I look forward to reviewing these best practices closely and continuing to work to bring these lifesaving technologies to our roads.”