This article in Gizmodo points out a serious challenge that the autonomous vehicle industry is going to have to face – security of the systems against spoofing. They report:
“Spectrum reports that Jonathan Petit, from Security Innovation, has developed a system to send spurious signals toward the LIDAR sensors used in self-driving cars. Consisting of a low-power laser and a pulse generator, powered by a Raspberry Pi or Arduino, the kit can cost as little as $60 t0 make. The hardware can be used to capture the light reflections from an obstacle and then send them toward the sensors that sit on top of autonomous vehicles, as shown in the image above. He explains to Spectrum:
“I can take echoes of a fake car and put them at any location I want. And I can do the same with a pedestrian or a wall… I can spoof thousands of objects and basically carry out a denial of service attack on the tracking system so it’s not able to track real objects.”
And in the world we are living in this is a very real concern.