Monday, May 23, 2011

Car Hacking, Can Google Save Us?

Not so new black box technology allows hackers to control braking, engine functionality, radio, anything electrical in your car. Like Onstar but with sinister purposes. Can Google's self driving car outsmart the car hacker?

According to the New York Times, Google states that "(Their) Robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated."


 " be truly safer, the cars must be far more reliable than, say, today’s personal computers, which crash on occasion and are frequently infected."

and these computers can still be hacked.

So the answer is no. And here I thought you could go to Google for all the answers.

Personally I hate the idea of anyone having the power to override my car. My top two fears are:

The Rouge Cop : Underpaid, under appreciated, who wants  up his game to make it look like he's cracking down on zoomers. Your cars does the Toyota accelerator glitch and you're caught for speeding, even though you had your foot on the brake.

On-Star Agents: Call the company that basically already controls your car? What a treat for noob with the right connections! You won't even need a special device for that, just hack into On Star's computer.


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