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Here's How Congress Could Change The Future Of Self-Driving Cars

By Brian Spaen

Tech continues to open up new legal questions for the government to consider, and smart vehicles are no exception. To begin with, automated driving and cars communicating with each other are completely new avenues in the world of transportation. In order to gain more confidence from potential consumers in the United States, there’s going to be new rules and regulations for car manufacturers to abide by. The US Congress has a number of issues they’re looking at when it comes time for legislation later this year.

Security is a big theme throughout legislation, and it’s about more than just autonomous technology potentially failing. Another issue is hacking that could be involved. This has been a problem with all modes of transportation that can connect to the internet, and autonomous vehicles would certainly have that feature when it comes to updating itself, putting in orders, and setting a destination..

A lot of personal information could potentially be inside your car at any given time, which makes the threat of hacking feel very real. For example, think about putting in an order while on the road. There’s likely not going to be many times that we’ll pull out a credit card and list off numbers, codes, and the date it expires. All that information will be in the car already, and the process will feel seamless. Unfortunately, some fear that means it can easily be taken from a hacker who decides to infiltrate the autonomous vehicle’s computer system.