Anything connected to the Internet has the potential to be hacked, so it's probably no surprise to learn that security experts predict hackers will be a problem when self-driving cars become a reality.
Of course, most new cars are already hackable, thanks to all their network-connected systems. In February, Senator Ed Markey of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee released a staff report showing that “Nearly 100 percent of [new] vehicles on the market include wireless technologies that could pose vulnerabilities to hacking or privacy intrusions.” And – barring some massive improvement in Internet security these next few years – driverless cars will have the same vulnerability.
Driverless cars are currently predicted to hit American roads by 2020 if not sooner. The cars are equipped with cameras, electronic sensors, sonar, radar and LIDAR (light detection and ranging). And the security firm Mission Secure has shown that such systems are indeed vulnerable to hack attacks: