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Washington, DC - Car ads used to include shorthand like 2D, AWD, and AC. Today’s car buyer is just as likely to ask about USB, GPS, and wifi. Last June, the FTC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a workshop in Washington to discuss the types of information that connected and autonomous cars collect and the ways the data can be used. FTC staff just issued a Staff Perspective that outlines key takeaways from the workshop.

You’ll want to read the entire document – it’s short and to the point – but here’s how we’d summarize the staff summary of four issues raised by workshop participants:

In addition, the Staff Perspective cites some recent post-workshop developments, including the House of Representatives’ unanimous passage of H.B. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, and the U.S. Department of Transportation and NHTSA’s new guidance, Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety, which discusses in accompanying notes the FTC’s role in protecting consumer privacy.