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Are Driverless Cars Really an Option?


Imagine what earlier generations of Americans would say if they could see and experience the technologically advanced cars of the 21st century?   From onboard radar systems to night vision technology, advanced camera systems, and self-driving capabilities – cars are becoming technological wonders.

One of the major factors driving this startling pace of technology advancement is auto safety –reducing the number of car accidents. And one of the most important components in these new cars is their advanced computer systems – capable of not only aiding those driving the cars – but also capable of communicating with other vehicles and with local traffic control systems. It is these systems that will form the backbone of a driverless car world.

But is there a potential downside to all of this technology? Could these systems actually be capable of making travel less safe and car accidents more likely?

Cyber-security experts say yes…

What’s the danger?

Anyone who follows daily events knows that the hacking of computer systems is an increasingly serious problem for the modern world. Hackers have gained the ability to crack highly secure U.S government as well as industrial computers, harvesting data, and disrupting system performance.

How is that relevant? Think about these facts…

A hacker recently boasted of having entered the electronic systems of the US jet he was traveling on, and of having changed the jet’s trajectory. He claimed it was simple to do and that he had used the in-flight Wi-Fi system to do so.

What’s more, security companies, working with the University of Virginia and the Pentagon, have run tests that show it is possible to hack into and disrupt multi-sensor systems (like those found on self-driving cars).

Now imagine a culture committed to vast numbers of driverless cars and hackers breaking into and signaling large numbers of these cars, traveling at high speeds, to turn off ignitions or braking systems. The result could be cataclysmic.

And what about the liabilities that manufacturers and governments would face in the event of a massive hacking episode?

Without a doubt – advancing technology is making cars and trucks safer to drive and marvels of the modern world. But given the current realities, we may have a long way to go before driverless cars become a reality.

If you’re ever injured in a car accident of any kind, know that the Connecticut car accident lawyers at RisCassi & Davis have been assisting drivers injured in accidents for 60 years. And we have received both state and national recognition for our work in this area. If you are ever in a car accident of any kind and would like a free consultation with one of our Connecticut car accident lawyers, please contact us.  There is no obligation.  

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