Although the tech is very interesting, it has substantial vulnerabilities. Like any tech-based new application, there are going to be challenges but IMHO, the 1st is that the tech promotes the driver to not take responsibility........a primary mistake that even google has seen repeatedly in it's own beta testing. Aside from that, the next biggest impactor is the purposeful remote taking of vehicle control for either prankster or criminal intent......demonstrated and validated by independent analysis and formally acknowledged by Federal Law Enforcement authorities, each car mfg vehicle including the highest end, are easily subject to remote take-over....this includes communication systems, steering (electric-based, below 30 mph), brakes, throttle, etc.
Lastly, let's take a look at the most advanced tech control in place....the Boeing Nex-Gen aircraft. Controlled from a "super-computer" in a highly secured underground facility in Washington (state), the current aircraft is completely controlled/flown remotely. As an example, each blade on each jet engine has a sensor, providing 5000 bits of info per second back to the "super-computer".....total data sent is around a trillion terabites per second from the aircraft......the super-computer determines the best altitude, speed and route to maximize fuel consumption and minimize maintenance.
While this all sounds impressive...are there issues yes, twice since the aircrafts were deployed & inflight, the flight crews were unable to invoke on-board override procedures (in essence the they were unable to take back control of the plane) requiring the "tech's" to literally hack into the system for the flight crew to regain control.
Is this safe....no
Not from an intentional or unintentional perspective.
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