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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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  • Re: Here it comes (Score:5, Informative)

    by dj245 ( 732906 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @01:40PM (#47468275) Homepage

    They won't even need a button. I highly doubt an automated car will proceed to pilot itself on a high speed chase, or ignore red and blue lights.

    Fbi should go back to consulting their Internet slang dictionary, rather than trying to think.

    Don't put a kill switch in my car. Kill switches will be hacked and abused. Devices will be sold and marketed to kill a car, even if they are illegal. Just like the MIRT [] and all the related devices. Illegal as a $7 bill but assholes still buy them.

  • by Maxo-Texas ( 864189 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @01:49PM (#47468373)

    Funny joke but most senior citizens are better than average drivers with increasingly lower accident rates until they are over 75.

    Here's the fatal accident rate per 100,000 drivers. Notice that after 75, senior drivers revert to being as dangerous as 34-44 year olds but are still not as dangerous as 25-34 year olds and younger.

    16 years old 76
    17 years old 73
    18 years old 78
    19 years old 68

    19 years old and under 78
    20 years old 64
    21 years old 66
    22 years old 63
    23 years old 52
    24 years old 44

    20 to 24 years old 57
    25 to 34 years old 34
    35 to 44 years old 29
    45 to 54 years old 23
    55 to 64 years old 21
    65 to 74 years old 19
    75 years old and over 29

  • by Meditato ( 1613545 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @01:56PM (#47468437)

    Guess you've never heard of J. Edgar Hoover, then.

  • by oursland ( 1898514 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @03:25PM (#47469371)
    There are laws mandating minimum speeds and prohibiting certain types of equipment from using roads during certain hours because they do pose a threat to drivers. A stationary obstacle such as a tire, tree, mattress or other common road detritus is recognized to all as a threat to safety on the road, a slow driver merely puts the same threat in motion.

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