Report Outlines Key Privacy Considerations for Video-Based Safety Systems in Vehicles  

Despite fewer vehicle miles traveled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 38,680 individuals died in motor vehicle accidents in 2020 — the largest projected number of fatalities in such accidents in over a decade. Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a report detailing the data usage and privacy implications of video-based safety systems in vehicles. The report, co-authored with Samsara Inc. (NYSE: IOT), the pioneer of the Connected Operations Cloud, describes how Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) work in commercial fleets, identifies the data used by these systems and urges the adoption of privacy best practices that go beyond compliance with existing privacy and data processing laws.

As vehicle safety technologies grow more sophisticated and affordable to deploy, vehicle manufacturers are increasingly adopting AADAS in vehicles. ADAS technologies utilize cameras and sensors to enable adaptive cruise control, emergency braking systems, and other measures — all with the aim of increasing driver safety. 

Although these technologies are increasingly commonplace, the report describes how ADAS may create privacy risks for drivers, passengers, and other road users. Privacy risks involving location data, in-cabin video, and audio recordings can be particularly acute when drivers routinely eat, sleep, or talk in their vehicles.

Recent actions by the Department of Transportation, including initiatives such as FMCSA’s Tech-Celerate Now program, anticipate that ADAS will become increasingly common in the commercial transportation industry. The Report identifies key data flows and privacy risks while emphasizing that privacy safeguards must be implemented along

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