No less than two House Energy & Commerce subcommittees are joining forces to tackle the problem of distracted driving, which as a topic on the Senate side just last week. And like the Senate Commerce Committee, they have invited FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski as a star witness. Unlike the Senate CommComm, there are many other witness with him – last time, there was only Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who is also making a repeat performance.
The session is called “Driven To Distraction: Technological Devices and Vehicle Safety,” is being jointly held Wednesday 11/4/09 at 9:30.
Here is the full line-up of panelists:
* Ray LaHood, Secretary, Department of Transportation
* Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
* David D. Teater, Senior Director, Transportation Strategic Initiatives, National Safety Council
* Clarence M. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety
* Robert Strassburger, Vice President, Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
* Steve M. Largent, President and CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association
* Tom Dingus, Ph.D., Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
* Anne T. McCartt, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Highway and Auto Safety
RBR-TVBR observation: The good news is that there are no witnesses from the broadcasat community, indicating that other technological invaders of the vehicular interior media space are the ones on the hot seat.