TEDx Wilmington: What’s Driving the Connected Car? Data, It Turns Out.

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On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Lauren Smith, FPF Policy Counsel, presented at the TEDx Wilmington Salon, Who’s in the Driver’s Seat? The Transformation of Transportation. The TEDx included an exciting line up of the leading voices in the connected car space, including FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. Lauren’s talk was titled, What’s Driving the Connected Car? Data, It Turns Out, and emphasized the importance of responsible data management in autonomous vehicles. FPF staff and friends gathered at our offices in Washington, DC to watch Lauren’s presentation. She explained:

“I am going to argue that in a world where 94% of car crashes are caused by human error, the case is so much stronger for opting in and sharing data with your car than even your phone—something we have all already chosen to do. As with smartphones your car will need to collect information, and sometimes send it, in order to enable these features. And as with smartphones, the companies involved will need to safeguard your privacy in order for you to use and trust the technology. The truth is that yes, your car will be learning more about you, but what it learns may save your life.”


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