Senators urge Liberals to act on privacy, security issues with automated cars
Different departments and levels of government are taking different approaches to automated vehicles.
OTTAWA — A Senate committee is urging the federal Liberals to take control of the development and testing of self-driving cars on Canadian roads before governments fall too far behind the technological revolution.
In a report released , members of the Senate’s transport committee describe how different departments and levels of government are taking different approaches to automated vehicles: some are hitting the brakes out of safety concerns, while others hope to drive innovation by stepping on the gas.
The committee says the federal government needs to better co-ordinate action to avoid playing catch-up the same way provinces and cities had to do with ride-sharing services like Uber.
The report recommends giving the privacy commissioner a greater reach over how car companies use drivers’ information and give federal cybersecurity officials a bigger role over protecting the new technology from hackers.
The committee is unveiling its 16 recommendations on the same day that Transport Minister Marc Garneau meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa.
In a statement, Garneau says the government will present a plan in the coming months for the safe introduction and use of automated vehicles on Canadian roads.