The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested comments on its proposed “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy” which is intended to advance the development of autonomous vehicles. In its filing, the Center for Data Innovation argues that NHTSA should encourage data collection and sharing among vehicle manufacturers, transportation safety regulators, and other stakeholders, and its goal should be to create a rapid-learning transportation network that is capable of harnessing massive amounts of data to quickly generate new knowledge and enable stakeholders to make informed decisions about public safety. However, NHTSA should revise the policy to strike the counterproductive and unnecessary recommendations related to consumer privacy which are not relevant to vehicle safety, have the potential to create duplicative or conflicting rules, and which are outside the immediate expertise of the agency.
Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council. Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.