estimates that self-driving cars could reduce accident rates by up to 90%.
Such technologies can warn occupants of their proximity to other vehicles, prevent risky lane changes, and automatically brake in reaction to sudden changes in environment. This technology continues to evolve, with the ultimate goal of maximizing
nor the technology are sophisticated enough yet to provide the answers, at least ones that suffice for all self-driving cars.
It certainly seems highly unethical for technology to make decisions about life and death, and to prioritize one individual’s safety over another. This concept is encompassed by a sociological concept known as the "trolley problem."
explains, it goes something like this: Imagine that there are five people in the path of your vehicle, and your autonomous vehicle thankfully swerves to avoid them. But in the process, the vehicle strikes another pedestrian in that path. Was the right decision made?
This is an impossible question that automakers and engineers must face when designing the executive decision-making functions of the technology.
, and hackers often adapt their practices to infiltrate upgraded security measures.
The fact that self-driving cars are usually connected to multiple devices (other autonomous vehicles, networks, and infrastructure) also inherently exposes them to hacks.
Private data is at risk
Self-driving cars rely on a huge amount of data that they build and learn from as they navigate their surroundings. While this is supposed to make them super smart, it could be at your expense.
Smartphone integrations, vehicle networks, and internet connectivity mean that the vehicle is privy to the data on these devices, which could be ruinous if sensitive financial, identity-related, or other personal information
specifically provides information on issues surrounding hacking and cybersecurity stating that they are working in conjunction with the auto industry to develop risk-based processes to quickly identify, measure, and mitigate security threats.
To address privacy concerns regarding the collection of personal data by autonomous vehicles,
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