Missy Cummings - one of the US Navy’s first-ever female fighter pilots, who’s an engineering professor at Duke University, rained all over the car industry’s robot car parade, at a recent US Senate Commerce Committee hearing.
Professor Cummings - who is director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke, and who previously managed a $100 million US Navy project to build a robotic helicopter - spoke to Automotive News after the hearing and said of autonomous cars:
“We’re just not ready, and I haven’t seen any test data to suggest we are.”
So take that, useless Google robot car. [TILT HEAD] More on the biggest problem with robot cars here.
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MODERN CARS: READY TO HACK
Also in the US, the FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a warning that modern cars are increasingly vulnerable to being hacked. The two agencies are jointly:
“Warning the general public and manufacturers to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles.”
That means: Don’t leave backdoors open so malicious arseholes with laptops can connect via Bluetooth and take control of the car while it’s driving, or just unlock it and steal it using - I dunno - an iPad instead of a key. In 2014, Wired magazine reported that hackers (correction: cybersecurity researchers - so: professional hackers) Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek cracked the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, remotely seizing control of brakes, steering and transmission. Sounds like fun … but you probably wouldn’t want your ex-wife doing it.
That lead to a July 2015 recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles.
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