January 06, 2016
If someone does eventually come up with a reasonable self-driving car, what's to keep some bad guy from loading one up with explosives and then programming it to drive to, and park in front of, some juicy target? And then the bad guy detonates the bomb by remote control (i.e. with a cell phone). Or builds in a GPS that detonates the bomb when it's within a small distance of the target.
You say convenience. I say cruise missile on wheels.
Posted by: David at January 06, 2016 04:38 PM (Gksur)
It would seem I'm not the first person to think of this.
David, I'm thinking of someone more like the Unabomber, who could easily have manually delivered all his bombs personally but certainly would have been spotted doing so. By sending his bombs through the mail, his reign of terror lasted for years.
It's true you can drive a normal car and set it off -- but you'll be seen on a security camera. If you do it my way, though, there may be no way at all to trace you. (For instance, you steal the car, so it doesn't matter if that gets traced.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 06, 2016 04:46 PM (+rSRq)
It would seem obvious enough to make sure that self driving cars won't drive without a person in them, and given current technology, it wouldn't be difficult to add "picture, voice recording, and fingerprint of the person who input the destination" as something stored in the black box. Of course it would be possible to defeat these things, but that again takes it out of the realm of everyday Joe.
Posted by: David at January 06, 2016 07:19 PM (+TPAa)
Posted by: muon at January 06, 2016 10:59 PM (IUHrD)
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