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Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter
January 18, 2024
TOPLINE MESSAGES

  • U.S. leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation will strengthen all sectors of the U.S. economy. AI has the potential to improve lives through better functioning of businesses, government, and civil society—including transportation.
  • AI is being developed and deployed rapidly, prompting policymakers to scramble to learn more about the tech and apply appropriate guardrails.
  • GM continues to call on Congress to pass a federal data privacy law to protect consumers while avoiding overly prescriptive requirements on AI.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being developed and deployed rapidly, prompting policymakers to scramble to learn more about the tech, identify best practices, and apply potential guardrails like President Biden’s Executive Order on Trustworthy AI. However, it’s important that as these rules are developed, policymakers avoid inadvertently hindering innovation and putting the U.S. at a disadvantage in this generation’s global space race.

U.S. leadership in AI innovation will strengthen all sectors of the U.S. economy, as AI has the potential to improve lives through better functioning of businesses, government, and civil society—including transportation. The automotive industry leverages AI throughout modern vehicle design to improve driver ease, comfortability, and safety. GM has also developed AI and machine learning tools to inform and improve the deployment of EV charging infrastructure and better serve EV drivers.

GM recently announced a collaboration with Google Cloud to integrate conversational AI technologies into OnStar’s Interactive Virtual Assistant and will continue exploring how AI can create better experiences for our customers. GM also has a wealth of experts throughout the company who are dedicated to pioneering the future of transportation with AI. Learn more.

GM and its partners within multi-industry trade associations continue to call on Congress to pass a federal data privacy law to protect consumers as this technology progresses. This position includes avoiding blanket prohibitions and overly prescriptive requirements on AI, machine learning, and other automated decision-making systems while allowing for further advancements in technology and innovation. GM is also a founding member of the Data & Trust Alliance which promotes responsible AI practices and is actively developing AI policy recommendations with member companies, including IBM and Mastercard.

 

Winter Newsletter
January 18, 2024
TOPLINE MESSAGES

  • GM has long supported the Paris Climate Agreement and for the 3rd year in a row, has had a presence at the United Nations climate change conference (COP).
  • GM’s sustainability strategy supports the GM vision of an all-electric, zero-emissions future, our carbon-neutral goal, and our operational growth.
  • GM pursues and advocates for policy actions that enable the evolution of the transportation sector by supporting vehicle electrification and grid decarbonization while making our own operations more sustainable.
CLIMATE

GM has long supported the Paris Climate Agreement and for the 3rd year in a row, we recently had a presence at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) where we participated in constructive dialogue alongside other companies, governments, and civil society organizations to accelerate the EV transition and identify ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change. GM is aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Business Ambition Pledge, conducting our advocacy activities in line with restricting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Supporting our environment is good for more than just the planet, it’s an investment in the future of GM, our customers, and our employees. GM believes there is both an economic opportunity and a social imperative to reduce carbon emissions.

Decarbonization requires effective policy approaches that are simple, broadly applied, and incentivize companies and individuals to respond in ways that achieve carbon emissions reductions while minimizing adverse societal impacts. GM advocates for policies that enable the evolution of the transportation sector by supporting vehicle electrification and grid decarbonization while making our own operations more sustainable.

These actions include strengthening supply chains, incentivizing technology development, addressing infrastructure, educating consumers on the benefits of vehicle electrification, and incentivizing EV purchases, especially among low-income families and communities. GM is closing community gaps in the EV transition through our $50 million Climate Fund, providing grants to philanthropic ventures that support sustainable jobs, sustainable transportation, and community climate action, like Forth Mobility, Grid Alternatives, and Plug In America.

GM supports one national regulatory program that aligns and streamlines competing state and federal goals regarding fleet efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and more while strengthening American jobs and enhancing the well-being of American consumers. The U.S. auto industry is embarking upon a profound market, manufacturing, and infrastructure transition, and GM is proud to be a leader in our collective efforts to address climate change, ensure cleaner air, and strengthen American manufacturing.

For more information about GM’s position and advocacy on issues related to climate and sustainability, please read GM’s 2023 Sustainability Advocacy Report.

Winter Newsletter
January 18, 2024
TOPLINE MESSAGES

  • Since Congress has not enacted nationwide privacy legislation, states have been active in introducing their own laws.
  • Multiple state data privacy laws have increased compliance burdens.
  • GM supports a single, comprehensive federal privacy law that preempts the growing patchwork of state privacy laws.
DATA PRIVACY

Central to GM’s vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion is utilizing vehicle data to bring safety and convenience to our customers. GM’s ability to collect vehicle data follows a customer’s choice to review GM’s privacy commitments and opt-in to vehicle connectivity. GM is committed to transparency in our data privacy practices and safeguarding personal information.

We believe that connectivity and access to vehicle data are essential to enabling critical services, collecting vehicle diagnostic and operational information, and proactively identifying potential issues within our vehicles. With OnStar Safety & Security, for example, customers have around-the-clock access to specially trained OnStar emergency advisors to help in a crash or medical emergency and deploy first responders. Vehicle connectivity also enables convenience features, such as Wi-Fi hotspots, smart navigation, and entertainment applications.

GM supports a single, comprehensive federal privacy law that preempts the growing patchwork of state privacy laws, that is clear and consistent for customers and businesses across all states, while at the same time advancing consumer rights and promoting innovation.

In recent years, however, in the absence of a comprehensive federal privacy law, we have seen continuously increasing state activity to regulate data privacy, including as it relates to modern vehicles. As of today, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Utah, and Virginia have enacted their own comprehensive data privacy laws. Further, over the course of 2023 alone:

  • at least 40 states and Puerto Rico considered approximately 350 consumer privacy bills, and
  • eight states – Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Montana, Oregon, Delaware, Florida and Texas – passed new comprehensive data privacy laws that will go into effect over the next two years.

We also expect 2024 to see other states introduce and debate their own versions of comprehensive data privacy laws.  Without federal action, as states continue to pass and enact comprehensive privacy laws, the patchwork of compliance will grow ever more complicated and efforts to advance piecemeal or sector-specific privacy obligations will only further complicate compliance.  In turn, this has the potential to drive higher compliance costs across the US economy and impact how customers form clear expectations on core data privacy concepts.

GM continues to work closely with policymakers to advance federal privacy legislation.

For more information on how GM collects, uses and discloses the information GM collects from GM-branded vehicles with Connected services, visit GM’s US Connected Services Privacy Statement.

Winter Newsletter
January 18, 2024
ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

As we enter yet another presidential election year, it can be easy to get caught up in national debates and issues. But local politics have an equal, if not larger, impact on day-to-day life.

From public transit to water quality, local elected officials decide how tax dollars get spent in ways that impact you and your community. Here’s how can you get involved:

  1. Read your local news and stay up to date on local issues
  2. Contact your state and local representatives on issues that matter to you — find the information for all your local, state, and federal officials here
  3. Join a local board or commission
  4. Attend town/city council meetings
  5. Vote in local elections!