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Autonomous Cars: Safety Opportunity or Cybersecurity Threat?

July 16, 2019 / Rilind Elezaj

It all started as science fiction, but the possibilities of autonomous cars gracing our roads are getting closer to reality by the day. Transport companies such as Uber and Tesla are already experimenting on cars that use computer operating systems to instruct their human drivers. Google’s driverless car, on the other hand, already hit the road over three years ago…at least according to anonymous reports. But how safe are driverless vehicles? Being tech-operated and with both cyber and physical components, any discussion on their security must involve both cybersecurity and physical road safety. In this article, we will look at the safety opportunities that these cars bring to our streets vis-à-vis their cybersecurity concerns. How Safe Will Autonomous Cars Be On Our Roads? Many city managers are still skeptical about driverless cars and their potential road safety boost.