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Joe Biden administration orders probe into security risks of Chinese-made cars

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 02 Mar 2024, 07:56 am Print

Joe Biden administration orders probe into security risks of Chinese-made cars Joe Biden

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US President Joe Biden has directed the Secretary of Commerce to investigate the Chinese cars operating in America as it is feared that they might collect sensitive data about citizens.

In a statement issued by Joe Biden, he said: "China is determined to dominate the future of the auto market, including by using unfair practices.  China’s policies could flood our market with its vehicles, posing risks to our national security. I’m not going to let that happen on my watch."

"Most cars these days are 'connected' – they are like smart phones on wheels. These cars are connected to our phones, to navigation systems, to critical infrastructure, and to the companies that made them," he said.

"Connected vehicles from China could collect sensitive data about our citizens and our infrastructure and send this data back to the People’s Republic of China. These vehicles could be remotely accessed or disabled," he warned.

He said China imposes restrictions on American autos and other foreign autos operating in China.

Biden said: "So today, I am announcing unprecedented actions to ensure that cars on U.S. roads from countries of concern like China do not undermine our national security."

"I have directed my Secretary of Commerce to conduct an investigation into connected vehicles with technology from countries of concern and to take action to respond to the risks," he said. 

Biden said with the step taken he hopes to ensure that the future of the auto industry will be made in the USA.