Last week the C3 Group held its second-annual Connected Mobility Forum on Capitol Hill, sponsored by Senate Smart Transportation Caucus co-founder Gary Peters (D-MI). The Forum covered two topics in separate sessions, with each session followed by a round table discussion by all in attendance, including elected officials, policymakers, OEMs, Tier Ones and industry organizations such as AAA, ITS America, the Auto ISAC and the Intelligent Car Coalition.
The two sessions covered:
- Opportunities and Challenges Leading to Smarter, Connected Transportation in the U.S.
- How Automakers, Suppliers, Technology Providers and Policymakers Can Work Together to Protect Connected Cars
Following opening remarks by C3 President and co-founder Doug Newcomb on the importance of bringing stakeholders together as it relates to policy and connected mobility, Senate Smart Transportation Caucus co-founder Cory Gardner (R-CO) gave remarks on The Development and Deployment of Existing and Next-Generation Technologies to Improve Safety and Efficiency.
Gardner pointed out the challenges caused by population growth in Colorado as it relates to an increase in traffic, and used as an analogy the tunnels built into the state’s famous mountains as “hard barriers” to highways handling more cars. While it will be difficult if not impossible to blast more tunnels into the mountains, he noted, technologies such as V2V and autonomy can help increase the volume of vehicles on the road.
Gardner also mentioned that, as a former farm equipment dealer, he has had decade of experience with self-driving in the form of tractors. He called for federal standards on self-driving car regulations to replace “the patchwork of state regulation.”
The C3 Group was also honored to have Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), one of the co-founders of the House Smart Transportation Caucus, speak on Advancing New Innovation in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Dingell, wife of former Congressman John Dingell and a member of the family that founded the famous automotive supplier Fischer Body, stressed the importance of the U.S. leading the world in connected car and mobility, especially as other countries make it a priority.
Dingell said that, having grown up Detroit and in the auto industry, she is a “car girl through and through,” but noted that the industry is set to undergo profound changes. She said one of her priorities is to keep the U.S. and its domestic automotive industry centered in Detroit as a hub of mobility innovation.
The final speaker on the part-one topic was Robert Kreeb, Division Chief, Intelligent Vehicle Technologies Research Division, NHTSA, who detailed the U.S. DOT’s Connected Vehicle Technology Initiatives and the need to preserve spectrum for V2V communication. Kreeb noted that nearly that in addition to the more than 30,000 lives that can be saved with V2V and other safety technologies, up to $900 billion can be reclaimed in lost time, productivity and fuel caused by accidents and traffic.
The second session featured FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen on the Role of Government in Helping Set Guidelines for Vehicle Data Privacy and Security. Commissioner Ohlhausen spoke on the need to approach connected mobility technology – and any innovation – with a “regulatory humility,” and emphasized not creating new laws that can stifle advancement, but to look to policies already in place to protect consumers.
The final speaker was Senator Peters, who spoke on How the Auto Industry and Stakeholders Can Ensure Vehicle Cybersecurity and Safeguard Driver Privacy. Senator Peters noted that he took part in the C3 Connected Mobility Forum to learn from those in the room so that he can be informed and also educate his Senate colleagues and others on the opportunities and challenges in connected mobility.
The following day the C3 Group Connected Mobility Forum moved to the Dirksen Senate Building for two panels for Hill staffers. The topic of the first panel was How the Auto Industry and Stakeholders Can Ensure Vehicle Cybersecurity and Safeguard Driver Privacy and featured C3 Group President Doug Newcomb as moderator and as panelists:
- Avery Ash, Director, Federal Relations, AAA
- Hilary Cain, Director, Technology and Innovation Policy, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
- Peter Esser, Head of Government Affairs, NXP
Points brought up in the panel included the media hype surrounding car hacks, even though none have been performed outside of research purposes, and the need to leverage connected car data for the benefit of drivers while also safeguarding their privacy and being transparent with its use.
The topic of the second panel was Opportunities and Challenges Leading to Smarter, Connected Transportation in the U.S. and featured C3 Group CEO Dave Robinson as moderator and as panelists:
- Catherine McCullough, Executive Director, Intelligent Car Coalition
- Steven H. Bayless, Vice President, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
- Ted Trepanier, Executive Director, Public Sector, INRIX
The panel covered aspects of connected mobility, such as how existing data can be used to tie together everything from traffic info to public transit schedules to make travel easier and the need for multi-model solutions that encompass all forms of urban transportation.
The C3 Group’s mission is to Drive the Conversation in and Engagement on Connected Mobility, and we recognize that policy plays a prominent role in this process. That’s why we have included prominent policymakers such as Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind and others in past events, and why we feel it’s essential to bring the conversation to Capitol Hill with the C3 Connected Mobility Forum.