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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars 435

gurps_npc (621217) writes As per the Guardian, The FBI is concerned about dirverless cars. It discussed issues such as letting criminals shoot while the car drives (silly in my opinion, apparently they haven't heard of "partners" or considered requiring such cars have a police controlled "slow down" command), the use of such vehicles as guided bullets (safeties again should stop this), and loading it with explosives and using it as a guided missile. This last concern is the only one that I considered a real issue, but even that is not significantly more dangerous than loading up a regular van full of explosives with a timer, then setting the timer to explode before you leave the vehicle next to a school, etc.
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

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  • by intertrode (1564753) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @11:58AM (#47467851)
    Automation is killing jobs faster than we've ever imagined. Even suicide bombers are being rendered useless.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @12:10PM (#47467979)
    I think it would be funny to steal cars and program to circle the Beltway endlessly until they run out of gas. We could see how many we could get going at once. It'd be even better if we could put them into 'Senior Citizen' mode, where they randomly speed up and slow down, and change lanes without signalling.
  • Re:In Iraq? (Score:5, Funny)

    by i.r.id10t (595143) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @12:15PM (#47468023)

    Car heaven is where the mechanics are German, the drivers are Italian, and the leather is maintained by a British butler.

  • by discord5 (798235) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @12:20PM (#47468079)

    Even suicide bombers are being rendered useless.

    It's a matter of cost-cutting. Those virgins every holy warrior gets in the end cost a lot of money and aren't really contributing much to the cause themselves. The holy warriors themselves could unionize, but their union membership is rather short lived by nature. Aside from the membership problems, what exactly would they do? Threaten to blow themselves up? I'd explain into detail on the soon to be introduced JihadBot 3000, but the projects development costs have gone through the roof, and the prototypes have all blown up for some reason.

    Pardon my stereotyping...

  • by smartr (1035324) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @12:25PM (#47468119)

    Not needing a passenger happens to be one of the more awesome features of driverless cars... People can effectively have valet drop off for wherever they go. Cars can be shared because you're staying put at a given location for a period of a time. Cars can drive themselves to maintenance. Cars can make delivery runs. Sure, it's another attack vector, but so is putting salt in your eyes. The danger is imminent, don't put salt in your eyes. I think the more eminent threat is that automated cars are going to result in lots of sex happening on the road. I mean really, what do you think happens when you put people in a close quarters private 15 minute outing, with a virtual guarantee of no interruptions and no need for any person to be paying attention to what's going on outside of the car?

  • by Archangel Michael (180766) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @01:10PM (#47468551) Journal

    Old people don't actually GET into accidents ... they just CAUSE others around them to get into accidents.

The 11 is for people with the pride of a 10 and the pocketbook of an 8. -- R.B. Greenberg [referring to PDPs?]