Police Want the Ability to Control Self-Driving Cars

Police Want the Ability to Control Self-Driving Cars

It seems the number of perplexing regulatory questions relating to self-driving cars are piling up as fast as automakers can create workable prototypes. So will we have it all settled by the time these autonomous vehicles are “street-ready?” A new report suggests – maybe not.

Reuters recently covered a 39-page summary of a March meeting amongst regulatory stakeholders, including the federal DOT and several industry groups, where they settled on a fairly scary thesis: that the question is not IF but WHEN a massive cyberattack targeting autonomous vehicles would occur, and that it was imperative to spend time now in preparation.

The experts on the panel said it really comes down to about 10 or 15 key points that will help clarify the strategy around self-driving regulation, including things like how the cars would be integrated with the objectives of public safety officials. Reuters says law enforcement representatives on the panel suggested they would want to be able to interact with potentially – or even control – these vehicles in the event of an emergency.

And while certain existing services already have the capability of stopping a moving vehicle – GM ’s OnStar comes to mind – the panel expressed concern […]

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