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Consumer Watchdog
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Project Title:
Connected Car Safety Project
Consumer Products Fund, 2019
Project Description:

Top 2020 car models sold in America will have Internet connections to safety critical systems. Technologists say that leaves them vulnerable to fleet wide hacks and privacy intrusions. Automakers have disclosed the high risk of such hacks to their investors, but are keeping the public in the dark as they market new features based on Internet connections. For example, cars that can be started from a smart phone pose big risks to consumers, but the auto dealers only hype the positive aspects. The Connected Car Safety Project will compare advertising and marketing claims in popular 2020 models to the technological risks the features pose for consumers. Consumer Watchdog will work with industry technologists to warn the public of deceptive marketing claims about connected car features through research, published reports and a high profile media campaign.