Senator Gary Peters and NHTSA Spoke at TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA

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Penton’s TU-Automotive has announced that Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator for Michigan and member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Tim Johnson, Director, Vehicle Research and Test Center, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, spoke at this week’s TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA Conference & Exhibition (March 29-30).

Senator Peters and Mr. Johnson participated on a panel addressing the key questions surrounding legislating cybersecurity for automotive, which also includes Chan Lieu and David Strickland of Venable. They discussed what form regulations would take, gave insight into current legislation and identified where the government can guide the industry.

Annie Reddaway, head of cybersecurity research at TU-Automotive, stated: “It is very encouraging that both the Senate and NHTSA are choosing to engage with the industry on this issue to come up with the best way to regulate cybersecurity in automotive. It was great to hear their thoughts and the government’s plans.”

The panel took place on the first day of the conference, March 29. The full panel outline is:

Taking the Legislative Temperature

The US government is looking to take an active role. Take a look at what form standards and regulations could take, and how congress and regulators can improve vehicle cybersecurity.

  • Do we actually need legislation? Weigh up the pros and cons, which on one hand set boundaries and provide certainty, while on the other could move too slowly to stay relevant
  • Determine what form regulations will take in comparison to current, performance-based, requirements. How will regulators adapt to this new environment?
  • Why wait? Assess what can be done now to build better defenses, including developing best practices, in an industry-led effort to stay one step ahead

Senator Gary Peters, U.S. Senator for Michigan, U.S. Senate
Tim Johnson, Director, Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
David Strickland, Partner, Venable LLP
Chan Lieu, Senior Legislative Advisor, Venable LLP
About TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA

Bringing top level speakers from the likes of General Motors, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, IOActive, the DOT, and Volkswagen, TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA is the go-to event for the growing automotive cybersecurity community and those looking to stay ahead in this space.

See the full agenda and speaker line-up here:

About TU-Automotive

TU-Automotive is the reference point and communications hub for the evolving automotive technology segment as it converges with consumer electronics, mobile and IoT to re-define connectivity, mobility and autonomous use-cases. TU-Automotive provides the world’s biggest B2B connected car conferences and exhibitions, as well as industry analysis and news.
For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @TUAutomotive

Annie Reddaway
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