The threats

The driver’s or the pedestrian’s life?

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Pedestrian by Fernando de Sousa

Even though the benefits seems like nirvana, there are actually som threats (or considerations) related to driverless cars. First of all, computers, data and radars will never possess human intuition. And how should a computer be able to calculate whether to run over a cat, a baby or a bike in order to safe its driver’s life? And who should make tis algorithmic decisions? The driver (an individual choice pre-programmed), a technician or should it be a legislative decision.

No legal precedence

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LAW by Chad Kainz

What will happen when (another) person dies in a driverless car? Because currently, there are no legal precedence and a severe lack of legislation regarding driverless cars are emergent. For example, New York law claims that drivers must have one hand on the the steering wheel whenever the vehicle is in motion. But driverless cars are autonomous in order for the passenger NOT to drive – there might not even be a steering wheel.

 

Hacking

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Anonymous by Sonia Golemme

A third, perhaps more incomprehensible threats is the risk of hacking. Driverless cars are computerized. Computers can be hacked – easily. In 2015 a driverless car was hacked only by using an internet-connected laptop from afar, cutting the breaks and the transmission. And this hack was from “friendly fire”. Image what an attack of entire car manufacturers’ cars would entail? And its not only the computerpart of the car that can subject to hacking. Sensors, radars, and GPS systems are equally subject to hacking.