Kaptur, Kelly Call for Consistent Auto Regulations Across State, Federal Government in Bipartisan Testimony Before House Energy and Commerce Committee
Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Auto Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), submitted bipartisan testimony to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce during the committee’s Member Day hearing.
In the testimony, the Co-Chairs advocated consistent automotive regulation across all fifty states and federal government. Additionally, the members highlighted specific areas of innovation necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. automotive industry and the quality jobs that come from it, including nontraditional automotive infrastructure, alternative energy, and automotive cyber security.
“A common frustration across all of these issues areas confronting the future of America’s automotive industry is the question of federal leadership and action, followed by appropriate regulation to streamline consistency,” the Co-Chairs wrote in their testimony. “As such, industry is left confronting a diverse and possibly even conflicting set of state and global regulatory standards.”
“As leaders of a diverse Auto Caucus, we do not take a position on how best to achieve solutions to these complicated issues, but we believe strongly they all warrant Congressional oversight and exploration,” the Co-Chairs continued. “With adequate attention, we know Congress can provide opportunities for the automotive industry to continue to thrive well into the next century. It is our constituents and local businesses involved in the auto sector who propel us to action. On their behalf, we thank you again for the opportunity to present policy concerns of the House Congressional Auto Caucus.”
- Nontraditional Automotive Infrastructure
- The roads and bridges of tomorrow must hold as much technological potential as the vehicles themselves.
- Connected vehicle technology, Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P), collectively known as Vehicle to Everything (V2X) have the potential to enable Smart Cities and transportation ecosystems.
- The automotive sector’s Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) spectrum is essential to support V2x communications to save lives and support mobility today and into the future.
- Advanced sensors throughout traditional infrastructure (roads, traffic lights, signs, etc), on vehicles and wireless communications infrastructure is what enables the connectivity, and as we understand it today, the secured spectrum ensures it is safe.
- Alternative Energy
- Despite America’s dominance as a leading consumer automotive marketplace, our electric preferences are trending behind the direction of global demand. The United States has even ceded a gap for China to step up and now lead in both electric vehicle production and sales.
- Congress must do everything in its power to remove barriers to energy storage and commercial batteries, and recharging infrastructure to promote increased demand for electric vehicles.
- Congress must better assert U.S. leadership on the future of vehicle electrification policy or more broadly, alternative fuels.
- Automotive Cyber Security
- With connectivity and increased automation comes the question of how to secure personal data. Cybersecurity in the automotive world is a relatively new concern, but one that needs considerable attention regarding who owns the collected data and how is it vulnerable to breaches.
- Many vehicles of today already rely extensively on the collection and use of data about the driver and the vehicle’s whereabouts. Data is used for safety, to improve efficient performance, convenience, and entertainment.
- How this data is used beyond the immediate understanding of the consumer is important. The control of this information is powerful and lucrative.
- Most importantly though, do Americans fully understand the scope of their collected data, how it can be used, and how its collection impacts their privacy rights? Without early and adequate security, hackers could gain access to payment accounts, personal data, and possibly entire data systems (automated braking, acceleration, automated guidance systems, etc.).
- When networks of transportation ecosystems are established, hackers and nefarious forces will seek means to manipulate them with potentially destructive consequences. These are details that are never too early to consider and deserve Congressional attention since industry cannot do it alone.
The full letter is available online here