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What risks can a hacker cause to self-driving cars?

Much of today is easily done through technology: You can get anything you want at the touch of a finger, self-checkouts now replace living workers, at-home offices are sweeping the nation and now self-driving cars are available.

Life is being made easier every day. Yet, somehow we are facing more problems with technology than we realize. As technology makes our lives more convenient, the same is happening for the people who want to control technology.

“Hackers” may be a bit of a cliche term, but it has been coming up more often in the news and social media. Leaked information, internet threats or stolen personal data can all be the results of a hacker. Hackers can do more than send a text with a risque link attached: They could cause serious injuries if they take over a piece of automated machinery – like a self-driving car.

A hackers paradise is through self-driving cars

Cars are being outfitted with more technology to make everyone’s drive more convenient. Today, there has been a rise in self-driving cars that have made driving all the easier. Through a couple of clicks on a screen and a location in mind, you could spend a drive mostly looking at the scenery. 

Hackers can easily take control of self-driving cars. They may redirect your car away from where you intend to go and make you waste your day. That would be a minor inconvenience to having your car controlled by someone else.

A self-driving car that’s fully controlled by a hacker could be driven like a car from a video game. This puts you at risk of a collision causing serious injuries. It also puts the people around you at risk of being hit because of someone’s remote joyride. 

Automated cars are not infallible. Whether you were injured by something that went wrong with your own automated car or someone else’s vehicle, find out more about your right to compensation for your losses.

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