Statement by Global Automakers’ President and CEO Michael J. Stanton

WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 18, 2014 – Global Automakers is disappointed that AAA has unilaterally introduced SB994, a bill that is unworkable. AAA has not done their homework to understand what auto manufacturers are already doing to protect consumers and their data.  

The bill sets unrealistic technology requirements.  Through this legislation, AAA is mandating automakers to re-design vehicle electronic systems to allow open access to its safety and telematics data to any third party.  The technology AAA would require under SB994 does not currently exist. Even if it could be developed, there is no way to ensure that vehicle owners and drivers are sufficiently protected from cyber-attack.

The aim of SB994 is to protect AAA, not consumers. We strongly urge the legislature to reject this bill.


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