The threats that are being posed to driverless cars are exponential and beyond any man’s comprehension. Imagine, nine million cars in the United Kingdom that are connected to small computers which in turn control systems such as brakes or power steering; these miniature computers communicate with each other to control the car, so what would happen if a hacker took control?
As driverless cars begin to hit the road, Carsten Maple, A professor of Cyber Engineering from Warwick University has issued grim warning: deaths will be inevitable in as little as five years if car manufacturers don’t do something to patch up the vulnerabilities in the technology.
We’ve already seen vehicles used with devastating effect as weapons. Cybersecurity researchers and industry must ensure that systems are engineered to stop new attacks. This requires us to think as an attacker would, rather than an engineer.
Another New York University computer scientist Justin Cappos wants computing systems in motor vehicles treated as an “urgent” matter of national security. He believes that with the onset of driverless cars, wars between 2 or more nations could become devastating as the one with the ability to launch a cyberstrike could kill millions of civilians by hacking cars.