Venable partner David Strickland
was interviewed in a December 1, 2014 National Law Journal
article on the legal hurdles of V2V communication. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tentatively proposed a requirement that new cars and trucks come equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems by 2019. The technology would allow vehicles to "talk" to each other and potentially avert 500,000 crashes a year. However, the proposal raises concerns over liability, privacy, cybersecurity and government overreach.
"We're talking about a titanic shift in the fight for auto safety…but it's complicated," said Strickland. He said cybersecurity concerns "are also among the most significant from a legal standpoint…If there is a breach, who is responsible? Who is liable?" Strickland acknowledged that "There are a lot of unanswered questions." However, despite the legal challenges, Strickland said the opportunity to improve auto safety "is so phenomenal, it's worth the investment of time and risk."