Waymo, a self-driving technology company founded by Google, has launched their “early rider program” in Phoenix, Arizona. Until now, Waymo’s and Uber’s self-driving cars have had a person in the driver’s seat ready to take control if necessary. For more details, click here.
New Vehicle Technologies
On October 4th, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation adopted an amendment to establish a federal advisory committee comprised of aftermarket representatives and other stakeholders. The amendment, offered by U.S. Senator Inhofe (R-OK), was added to S. 1885, the American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act.
Included in the scope of the Committee is a review of data access and cyber security issues. In consultation with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Committee will produce a comprehensive report on vehicle data, intellectual property protections, customer privacy, cybersecurity, vehicle safety, etc., within two years. To see the full text of the amendment, click here.
Following a recent public workshop on connected vehicles, co-hosted by NHTSA and the FTC, several aftermarket groups noted that the panelists failed to adequately address the role of the aftermarket repairer when it comes to connected vehicles. In a letter submitted to FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and NHTSA Acting Deputy Administrator Terry Shelton, these groups, including ASA, outlined their concerns about the future of vehicle technologies and their impact on repairers and, in turn, consumers.
The letter also requested a joint meeting between the groups and both NHTSA and the
FTC to more fully discuss this issue and how it will affect consumers and competition in the
vehicle repair industry. To view the full text of the letter, please click here.
On June 27th, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on a draft package of fourteen driverless car bills. The hearing follows closely behind ASA’s Mechanical Operations Committee meeting with senior House Energy and Commerce staff on June 14th to discuss several issues related to driverless cars and the potential impact on repair shops.
To read the witness’ testimony or to view a recording of the hearing, please click here.