Automated and connected cars are already on the streets in several countries. These cars can benefit from increasingly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) for traffic management and from other applications that can contribute to safer traffic patterns, particularly in large cities.
Countries may establish technological standards, liability, data protection and cybersecurity rules that contribute to or work against the adoption of automated cars, depending on how they address concerns raised by consumers and industry players.
Despite the growing concerns, there is little government action on automated and connected cars at the national level in the Americas, according to the latest Cullen International research.
Among the countries surveyed, only Canada has specific initiatives to foster the adoption of connected and automated cars at the national level. Canada is also the only country that implemented a specific safety framework and proposed specific cybersecurity requirements for automated and connected vehicles.
In the US, the federal administration issued non-binding guidelines for automated vehicles, including cybersecurity requirements, while several states enacted legislation or executive orders.
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