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Daimler's Schick says autonomous-driving rules must be agreed internationally (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT -- Daimler's compliance chief said customer confidence is key for the success of autonomous and connected driving.

Speaking at the carIT Congress here, Olaf Schick said drivers of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz cars can decide for themselves what data they want to share.

"When it comes to data, the principle of self-determination rules," he said.

Earlier, BMW's head of automated driving, Elmar Frickenstein, said the same principle applied at his company.

Schick said it is important for a carmaker's legal department to be intimately involved in the development of new technologies and products.

"We from the data protection side are there from the start when it comes to developing new technologies," he said.

Schick also said rules and regulations for autonomous driving will have to be coordinated globally.

The Daimler executive was speaking at the annual carIT Congress, which is hosted by the automotiveIT Group.