WASHINGTON, DC – Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) took to The Washington Times to discuss self-driving cars, data security, and the Internet of Things in his op-ed titled, “Preparing now for safe, secure self-driving cars and innovative technologies.”
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There really isn’t anything quite like American innovation. What makes U.S. innovation so different is that it’s not just one field or sector; it’s an ethos that inspires business across the country. Whether it’s due to Americans’ work ethic, an entrepreneurial spirit or a framework that allows innovators to succeed, the United States is second to none when it comes to creating technology that improves our daily lives.
With that in mind, the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress with an important duty — included in the Commerce Clause — to provide oversight of interstate and foreign commerce. This constitutional power is central to the work of the 223-year-old Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest continuously standing committee in the House of Representatives. While none of the members of the Committee have been around since its inception, it’s fair to say much has changed over time — from horse-drawn carriages to the Ford Model T to the potential of fully self-driving vehicles — but the committee has always provided stewardship over American innovation, promotion of commerce and protecting consumers.
Not only are we examining present-day issues involving consumer safety and technology, we are looking ahead to the future of innovation — what is coming five or 10 years down the road. With the promise of new innovations and technological capabilities coming our way, the landscape is ever-changing.
The number of connected devices is on the rise, and our digital economy continues to grow. American consumers have come to expect the speed, choice and convenience of online shopping, digital commerce, on-demand credit, mobile payments and much more. While most Americans feel that technology positively affects society and our everyday lives, polls show they are skeptical about how personal information is used and protected online.
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