US regulators discuss reliability, safety of self-driving cars

By Jos
Oct 24, 2012
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  1. Self driving cars are moving closer to reality as a research initiative to determine the safety and reliability of the technology prepares to launch in the US.

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  2. Timonius

    Timonius TS Guru Posts: 599   +38

    One of the complications will be the shift of blame from the individual to the technology (and company creating it) when it comes down to 'errors' (ie. human injury and/or death). The other complication involves a paradigm shift in the way we think and approve of such technologies.
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,197   +171

    Question is: am I ready to let me car do the driving for me?
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,058   +2,553

    Question is: am I ready for a hacker to crash my car for me?
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  5. Timonius

    Timonius TS Guru Posts: 599   +38


    Gives new meaning to the term 'wardriving'? :p
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,842   +126

    If every car had a synced gps this would be cake, they already have robots that use depth perception, I always though we should put magnets under the roads and have hover cars, maybe in the year 3000 lol
  7. Gareis

    Gareis TS Member Posts: 73   +14

    Inb4 auto theft becomes 100% easier.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,058   +2,553

    I'm pretty sure a physical device (such as a key or local transmitter) would still be required to activate automated features.
  9. Gareis

    Gareis TS Member Posts: 73   +14

    I meant in terms of hacking the vehicle and activating it from a distance. It was ever so slightly in jest
  10. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Maniac Posts: 516   +12

    Can't be worse than some of these *****s they seem happy to give licenses to...
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,365   +709

    Ill stick with driving myself.
  12. Self-driving cars? we already know that concept since long ago, we just sit in the back and tell where we'd want to go.. and it's called taxi or cab
  13. I can see this happening now. They'll let the concept dwell a little until people give in to the idea. Once self-driving cars are common enough it will be like windows. Hackers everywhere. You know someone is rich? Awesome! Just execute code, crash their car, steal their money and nothing blows up. Your going to the bank? Me too but I'll let you do the driving and I'll just wait until you have they money.

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