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If Self Driving Cars are Hacked, Chaos Would Ensue

March 23, 2019

UNITED STATES – According to, if self-driving cars get hacked, chaos would soon follow.

As the self-driving car market increases, autonomous cars such as Tesla and Waymo are all trying to be the first to make human-driven cars a thing of the past.  However, with this comes concerns about crashes and pedestrian accidents should these internet-based cars’ systems become hacked.

The latest people to express fears about self-driving cars indicate that these vehicles could make traffic worse rather than better.  According to a post-doctoral researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he asserts that not only are internet based self-driving cars vulnerable to hacking, even a minor amount of hacking could cause major traffic issues in the United States’ largest cities.  This could lead to delayed response times by emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.

“Compromised vehicles are unlike compromised data,” the post-doctoral researcher wrote in his study’s press release. “Collisions caused by compromised vehicles present physical danger to the vehicle’s occupants, and these disturbances would potentially have broad implications for overall traffic flow.”

Upon the realization that risk management-related research studies regarding self-driven cars focus on the individual crashes caused by it (such as due to reduced vehicle reaction time when stopping), the postdoctoral researcher felt that no research has been done on the effects of these vehicles becoming hacked.

To learn more about the impacts of a potential hack, the postdoctoral researcher and his team turned to the percolation theory, which is a theory of probability focusing on the behavior of connected “clusters” in a random graph.  This was applied in order to determine how the hacking of self-driving cars would affect the “traffic ecosystem” of New York City.  The findings are alarming; hacks could lead to city wide traffic stoppages, emergency vehicles unable to respond to emergencies, and consumers becoming trapped.  

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