Autonomous Vehicles Sound Promising but What About Hacking?

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/

Eddie Wren, CEO & Chief InstructorAdvanced Drivers of North America

Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

One thought on “Autonomous Vehicles Sound Promising but What About Hacking?”

  1. I have zero confidence that the car maufactures will be able to stay ahead of the hackers unless some new technology comes forward. Daily software updates would probably be required and right now those are a long way off. Just one terrorist hack with multiple casualties will keep people away.

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