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FBI Fears Criminals Could Use Driverless Cars in Open-Fire Conflicts

Technology has advanced at super-speed in the past decade, and it has benefited our lives greatly on many levels. B...

FBI Fears Criminals Could Use Driverless Cars in Open-Fire Conflicts

Technology has advanced at super-speed in the past decade, and it has benefited our lives greatly on many levels. But there is a darker side to innovation. Now that the driverless revolution has arrived, the FBI fears criminals might abuse the concept to conduct freeway car chases and shootouts.

 

According to a report by The Guardian, the FBI predicts a Hollywood action-movie scenario on the streets, saying that in a driverless car lawbreakers may indulge in certain activities that would normally require two hands and two eyes on the road. The worst-case scenario would be a shoot-out from a driverless getaway car.


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The report, written by agents from the FBI's Intelligence Directorate, says that criminals might abuse driverless cars' safety features to avoid traffic lights or speed limits. Terrorists could also mount explosives in the car or improvise a self-bombing car.


These potential misuses are the complete opposite of the intended purpose of driverless cars. Google's self-driving car uses sensor data to give surrounding objects importance and based on this information, makes a prediction and a plan for what to do next. It is designed to increase passenger safety at all times.


The FBI hasn't lost all faith in this car concept, though. The governmental agency believes that these autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. “The risk that distraction or poor judgement leading to collision that stems from manual operation would be substantially reduced,” the report states.

 

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The Bureau also believes that pursuing suspects will be easier with driverless cars. “Surveillance will be made more effective and easier, with less of a chance that a patrol car will lose sight of a target vehicle.” In the event of a chase, the self-driving car could have algorithms that would allow law enforcement to trail a suspect's car closely.


The Guardian makes one final note on the FBI’s report, highlighting the agency’s use of the term “high-speed.” Google's car maxes out at 25 mph.   

 

 

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