Thu Aug 23, 2018
Author: RV News Staff
In California, there are companion bills (CA AB 1906 and CA SB 327) that create new requirements for manufacturers of “connected devices.” Connected devices, as defined in the bills, are any devices capable of connecting to the internet, directly or indirectly, and that are assigned an Internet Protocol (IP) address.
As more and more RV components have the capability to be connected to other components, RV industry manufacturers and suppliers need to be aware of the efforts to regulate these new technologies, especially in the states, where there is a potential for a patchwork of laws and regulations making it difficult for companies to comply.
RVIA supports policies that promote consistency across all 50 states and innovation for connected and automated technologies that allow for flexibility and do not create unintended consequences for the RV industry. Such a system should enable RV manufacturers to design, produce and sell the same RVs in every state. Read more HERE.
The bills in California require manufacturers of connected devices to equip such devices with a reasonable security feature or features, appropriate to the nature and function of the device, which is designed to protect the device from unauthorized access or use. These bills have been steadily moving through the California legislature and both bills recently passed the Appropriations Committee. If the legislation is enacted, it will become effective Jan. 1, 2020.
The provisions in these bills leave considerable room for interpretation as to which types of manufacturers would be required to comply with the bills if they pass. RVIA is encouraging its members to read the bills (CA AB 1906 and CA SB 327) to determine applicability for individual companies.
For questions on Connected Automation and its effect on the RV Industry, contact Kyle Correa-Brady at 571-665-5855 or email@example.com.