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Biden administration is investigating security threats from Chinese vehicles

The interior of a BYD Tang all Electric EV car is displayed during the Geneva Motor Show 2024 at Palexpo on February 26, 2024
Policymakers are concerned that Chinese vehicle companies like BYD could collect sensitive data from drivers in the US. | Photo by John Keeble / Getty Images

The US government is opening an investigation into the potential risks to national security posed by smart car technology produced in China and “other countries of concern.”

The US Commerce Department’s probe will focus on “connected vehicles” — a broad term that can be applied to any car with internet access — amid concerns that technology like cameras, sensors, and on-board computers could be exploited to collect sensitive data about US citizens and infrastructure.

During a call with reporters on Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that the investigation was being launched “before Chinese-manufactured vehicles become widespread” across the US.

“Imagine if there were thousands of Chinese vehicles on American roads that…

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