GM hires lobbyists to advocate for driverless cars


In a hint at what traffic on nation's hyways and byways might look like in the future, General Motors has contracted the lobbying firm The Fritts Group to advocate for the introduction of self-driving vehicles on its behalf.

Citing a disclosure form filed earlier this month by Washington DC-based Fritts Group in compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, The Hill reported that this development appears to be one of the first times that GM has sought lobbying services for autonomous cars. Internet of Things-related cybersecurity concerns are of course among the impediments that could potentially slow the mass introduction of driverless cars.

Just last march, GM acquired automobile software developer Cruise Automation as part of its plans to accelerate its development of self-driving vehicles.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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