With an influx of driverless vehicles scheduled to hit the market within the next few years, some question whether the safety and convenience of these cars will be trumped by the fear and paranoia of being hacked.
Vehicles that are loaded with technology are not a new thing to the market, and hackers have been paying attention to this low hanging fruit. Recently released models, like the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and the 2014 Ford Fusion, contained flaws in their media or GPS systems that made them vulnerable to hackers. Luckily, there are no records so far of a vehicle being “hacked” while in operation.
While safety is most driver’s number one priority, research shows that 94% of accidents are due to human error or distraction. Driverless technology aims to reduce this figure by replacing human operation with computer systems that are designed specifically to obey traffic laws and make corrections to distracted driving mistakes. This will in turn impact traffic law enforcement as seen in the infographic below:
When big players in the tech industry like Google, Microsoft, and Apple join forces with auto manufacturers, it’s expected that manufacturers will have already had its safety and cyber security teams search for vulnerabilities. However if the self-driving vehicle were to be hacked and an accident were to occur, some are stuck wondering whether the responsibility would then fall on the manufacturer or if the driver would need to retain a car accident attorney.
What is your biggest concern about self-driving vehicles heading to the consumer market? Will the threat of being hacked stop you from considering one of these high-tech cars for your next purchase?