In mid-March the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to learn more about the advancements in autonomous technology and to discuss a cohesive national policy on how companies can use personal data collected by autonomous vehicles. Representatives from Lyft, Google, General Motors, Delphi Automotive, Mary Louise Cummings and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke University testified at the mid-March hearing. Given autonomous vehicles will collect large amounts of personal information about their passengers, lawmakers are concerned about how, if at all, data collection ought to be regulated. Lawmakers are concerned that they stay involved in the regulation of the autonomous vehicles. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) expressed this concern noting: “You can imagine what would happen to get an autonomous vehicle hacked out on the road….One small defect could end up with a massive safety crisis. So no more cover-ups, no more head-in-thesand approaches to safety.”
In January 2016, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced he is giving the Department of Transportation six months to draft comprehensive rules governing how autonomous cars should be tested and regulated. Currently several states including California, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and Washington DC have adopted laws regulating the testing and sale of autonomous vehicles.