Can driverless cars get computer viruses?

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  1. Oztinato profile image62
    Oztinatoposted 3 years ago

    Can driverless cars get computer viruses?

    Electrical storms, sun spots, hackers and viruses could cause millions of car accidents if driverless cars are introduced. Is this "science " getting it wrong again?
    Can you say for sure new vruses can't enter new car tech?

  2. HeadlyvonNoggin profile image84
    HeadlyvonNogginposted 3 years ago

    If the software is designed to allow interactions with other machines, then yes. That's how computers and smart phones and such get viruses. Because they've been designed to allow these interactions. But if they're not made that way, then no.

    Sunspots and electrical storms aren't something that can't be accounted for. Surges in electricity can be handled. There's hardware that will clamp off a circuit and not allow that surge through. Like a surge protector works.

    If you take the human element out of it then while there can certainly still be accidents, there'd be far fewer. Right now, with humans in control of their vehicles, it's much more chaotic than if cars drove themselves.

  3. lawrence01 profile image83
    lawrence01posted 3 years ago

    Any software that connects to other software can get a virus! The latest 'smart appliances' can all get them if the antivirus and anti malware isn't kept 'current'
    Driverless car technology isn't all that new, its been around for about thirty years but the costs were prohibitive because of what it would have to carry in its memory banks. Now with improvements and the internet they don't have to carry so much (maps are downloaded instantly or almost so, cars positions are tracked etc) so everything runs well PROVIDED THE SOFTWARE IS UP TO DATE!
    Your average aircraft from the moment of takeoff to touchdown is flown by computer with the pilots just there to monitor things. High speed trains are driven by computers as human drivers reactions are too slow!
    Provided the anti virus software and malware are up to date then they will be good (apart from taking bus and truck drivers jobs...OK maybe not so good!)

    1. Oztinato profile image62
      Oztinatoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      What about sunspots, computer failures and most importantly Hackers?

    2. lawrence01 profile image83
      lawrence01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Aircraft are shielded against sunspots and regular maintenance deals with failure but hackers are a different aspect, hence if we're going to do it then software nees s to up to it!

    3. Oztinato profile image62
      Oztinatoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      While we're here in secret (!) I have to say privately to you that I don't believe certain people on HP deserve a polite conversation and that such polite conversations suit their agenda of intolerance.

    4. lawrence01 profile image83
      lawrence01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Point taken. For me it's also who else might be reading and influenced by what's written there. If we can show the errors and where they got things wrong then people will see it. Not all skeptics have agendas! I try not to get 'deleted'

    5. Oztinato profile image62
      Oztinatoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That's the case with most people here. My agenda is different as I want to bypass HP and get the Google traffic.

    6. lawrence01 profile image83
      lawrence01posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck. I'm going to build here and work some with WordPress but not sure how everything will work out. By the way I don't think driverless cars are that great an idea.

  4. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 3 years ago

    Anything with an internet connection and memory card can get infected. And I can certainly see driverless cars infected, from software to secretly track where you go to malware that says "pay us $250 or you'll never get out of the garage" or "pay 5,000 or we'll crash the car when your kids are in it".

    1. Oztinato profile image62
      Oztinatoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I definitely agree! Why people keep having religious faith in computers and the internet is a mystery to me. It is riddled with unsolvable problems.


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