April 26, 2016
Press Release


Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) released the following statement in response to the release of the GAO Report: “Vehicle Cybersecurity: DOT and Industry Have Efforts Under Way, but DOT Needs to Define Its Role in Responding to a Real-world Attack.”

Interconnected cars offer opportunities for safer highways, but also increase the risk that cyberattacks could turn our cars into weapons or paralyze an entire city.  That is why the Security and Privacy in Your (SPY) Car Study Act, which Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) and I introduced last year, recommends that we need greater cooperation and leadership in setting enforceable cybersecurity standards and responses in case of a cyberattack.  The GAO study confirms this and shows that progress is being made by both the Department of Transportation and automakers, but there are some glaring holes that need to be addressed quickly."

"I want to thank House Science and Technology Subcommittee Research and Technology Chair Barbara Comstock and Ranking Member Daniel Lipinski for the opportunity to sign on to this study request and I look forward to working with them and others to ensure that interconnected cars means safe, secure transportation for all Americans."

Congressman Lieu is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3994, the Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY) Car Study Act, which would require the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration to conduct a one year study in cooperation with engineers, automakers, advocates and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to evaluate the best approach to regulating automotive cybersecurity.  He was one of the four Members of Congress to sign on to the request to the GAO to evaluate the challenges to automotive cybersecurity.  Congressman Lieu is also one of four Computer Science majors serving in Congress and is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology.