I, for one, am very concerned that the approaching era of autonomous vehicles, together with “Vehicle-to-Vehicle” [V2V] and “Vehicle-to-Infrastructure” [V2I] wireless technology is quite likely to end in tears. It is already possible to hack the computerized systems of available cars — and it has been done, experimentally, to one car which was subsequently forced to crash — so the additional hacking possibilities in the future may be nearly endless.
If another country wants to inflict economic harm on the USA, or terrorists & blackmailers want to do harm or extort people, or teenage geeks in their bedrooms simply want to prove to themselves that they can cause serious mischief, then rush-hour traffic around a major city would appear to make a highly-tempting target!
I am keen to see what truly viable defence the US DOT, NHTSA, FHWA and NTSB, amongst others, are planning in order to protect us from this serious and looming threat.
Here’s a current article about a relatively trivial incident with a road safety camera network in the Australian state of Victoria, but much worse will soon be possible: http://www.caradvice.com.au/561518/victorian-road-safety-camera-network-under-investigation-following-virus-infection/