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Autonomous Cars at Risk of Hacking

November 26, 2018

USA- writes that technology is being increasingly added to new vehicles and that some of the features are giving pause to people in the security industry. Features like remote starting and remote unlocking could potentially present issues. While these features may help drivers cool off their cars in the summer or heat them in the winter before getting into their vehicles, the features also present risks. *

If criminals looking to steal these vehicles can get access to the application, then they can simply start vehicles and open the doors and leave without any appearance of suspicious behavior. Cars have been stolen using devices called repeaters and transmitters which can use the signal from the owner’s keys to unlock and start a vehicle, and then drive it away from a person’s house. 

Driverless technology would make it possible for people to summon a car to them, thereby making theft even easier. Thieves, however,are not the most dangerous prospect. The technology could potentially be used by terrorists who would be able to drive the vehicles into peopleor drive explosives into crowds. While companies are working to make breaking into these vehicles’ systems as safe as possible, the reality is that experts say that the systems will never be completely hacker proof, and so there is still plenty of opportunitiesfor disasters to happen. 

Assassinations could be carried out by people who are not in the same county as the person targeted. 

While these vehicles are being celebrated for the safety improvements they could bring to the roadways, we should be acknowledging the potential risks as well. 

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