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Hackers steer a Tesla into oncoming traffic by placing three small stickers on the road

Cybersecurity researchers from Tencent’s Keen Labs were able to fool Tesla’s Autopilot into merging into oncoming traffic. The hackers also controlled the car using a video game controller. Tesla thanked the group for its research and confirmed that no customers had ever experienced the problems in real driving. A prolific cybersecurity research firm says it has managed to...

Commission welcomes agreement on new EU rules to help save lives

The EU institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation. As of 2022 new safety technologies will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. The new mandatory features will include: For cars, vans, trucks, and buses: warning of driver drowsiness and distraction (e.g., smartphone use while...

Hackers crack Tesla Model 3 in competition, Tesla gives them the car

A group of hackers managed to crack a Tesla Model 3 as part of a hacking competition and Tesla gave them the car for exposing the vulnerability. The automaker made a Model 3 available to hackers in order for them to find and exploit vulnerabilities in the vehicle’s system. The event happened in Vancouver this week and a team of two hackers managed to find an exploit on the last day of...

NHTSA Opens GM and Nuro Autonomous Vehicle Petition to Public Comment

On March 15, 2019, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that automated vehicle petitions from Nuro and General Motors (GM) are advancing to the Federal Register for public review and comment. “The Department is actively seeking public comment on proposed exemptions to federal standards and how the public can be...

GOP House Representatives Urge Energy and Commerce Committee to Take Up Self-Driving Legislation

In a letter dated March 13, 2019, representatives Greg Walden (R-OR 2nd District), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA 5th District) and Bob Latta (R-OH 5th District) wrote a letter urging the Energy and Commerce Committee to make self-driving legislation a priority. They highlighted the bill’s potential to save lives, enhance mobility and provide international competitiveness for companies...

What Autonomous Vehicles Could Mean for the Future of Washington, DC

The one thing that’s certain about the autonomous future heralded by executives in Detroit and Silicon Valley is a future that’s either years or decades away, depending on which experts you consult: It will entail more driving. By the year 2040, the nation’s capital could be a bustling network of autonomous vehicles, with better access to jobs on its eastern and western extremities....

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