Unfortunately with the introduction of any new technology there is also the dark side – the unwanted consequences that come from those who seek to profit or do harm, or just to prove they can, by hacking into in this case driverless vehicles. As an aside, this is obviously a major concern with UAVs and why the FAA is going slowly.
Don’t think this is likely? In this VentureBeat article a hacker who goes by the name of Zoz theorizes about how to confuse the LiDAR on Google’s driverless vehicle with dust and the use of reflective surfaces on vehicles to confuse airborne LiDAR on drones. I just could never understand why these hackers did not apply their same talent to doing positive things.
Not exciting enough I guess.