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Georgia Tech Researchers Studying Potential Autonomous Vehicle Cyberattacks

March 08, 2019

GEORGIA – According to an online news report posted by, researchers at Georgia Tech and Multiscale Systems Inc. have been studying the potential for cyberattacks to autonomous vehicles and how those attacks could cause chaos in major cities in the United States. The team will appear at the upcoming American Physical Society meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.* 

The team of researchers has focused primarily on the consequences of autonomous vehicle cyberattacks in Manhattan, New York, and will soon present its findings about how these types of attacks could influence transportation. The team has used a method called percolation theory to assess the potential effects of cyberattacks when autonomous vehicles are the predominant type of vehicles on city roads. 

Researchers found that if 10 to 20 percent of autonomous vehicles were attacked during peak traveling times in New York City, like morning and afternoon rush hour, half of the city would be shut down. An attack on this level could cause a massive gridlock and potential for many vehicle collisions. 

The emergence of 5G connectivity might play into the potential for cyberattacks in self-driving vehicles, the researchers found. The vehicles are dependent on internet reception for functioning, so any lapses in connectivity can also create collision risks and gridlock. The researchers are recommending that technology developers ensure their vehicles can connect to multiple types of networks. 

Of course, systems protections will have to be in place and continually monitored to prevent cyberattacks in the vehicles, as well. More information about the study will become available when the team presents its findings. 

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