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The idea of autopilot in cars

By RenGood08
Sep 10, 2013
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  1. Cars that can drive themselves have always been a thought of Sci-Fi or a future far too distant for our generations. But who knows. Technology is growing at a massive pace and we might be seeing these cars before you know it. I believe they could be a help to society, considering the amount of people who wouldn't need to worry about falling asleep behind the wheel, they could sleep and the car will drive them to their destination. A dream come true. But wouldn't the risks of things going wrong be far more significant than of things being perfect or right? These cars would be a great addition to the technology world today. But are they really safer?
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,405   +240

  3. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 191   +13

    Yeah that stuff. Its a good idea. Very interesting on how precise this car is.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,405   +240

    Just think, no more DUI's. Get plastered & let your car get you home safely. :D
     
  5. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 191   +13

    Lol wow that's a good point. The only thing I'd be worried about is that thieves are getting smarter. I mean there are a lot of advantages. Hopefully there is massive security on these.
     
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,405   +240

    Yea, there will be those that will try to hack into them.
     
  7. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 191   +13

    Oh yes lol.
     
  8. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 191   +13

    The technology might get smarter, but doesn't make the people who uses them smarter xD
     
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Anything that is operated by a computer can and will be hacked, just look at electronic key fobs. I'm not keen on all the electronics going into cars nowadays, I recently rented a car with an electronic handbrake and while I was loading the boot it started rolling off...
     
  10. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 191   +13

    See. That would be my issue with having so much electronic technology being put into these cars. With a car being self driving, that is a heck of a lot of computer technology being put into one small area. That would be more susceptible to being hacked. It would be easier for car thieves to steal a car. I bet all you would need to do is hack into the car and tell the car to turn on and drive away to a new destination. That might be a lot of hacking power...but thieves are getting smarter...like I've said.
     
  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,065   +919

    Exactly.

    We need to improve security before this can become the norm. That improved security will come soon, considering the recent breakthroughs in quantum cryptography. Hopefully, this technology can be applied beyond networks.

    Keep in mind, recently, a flaw was discovered in the API of the software used in Tesla cars. It emphasizes how no software is hack-proof.
     
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  12. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,398   +169

  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,405   +240

    Pardon me, is that "boot" supposed to be boat? "As I was loading the "boot" it started rolling off.
     
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,485   +233

    I'm pretty sure slh28 meant boot as in trunk. In the UK, boot is the US trunk.
     
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,405   +240

    Thanks mailpup, I wasn't sure where the individual lived.(y)
     
  16. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Yeah boot means trunk in the UK. Wish I had a boat though :(
     
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  17. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 191   +13

    It would be nice to have a boat.
     
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