Detroit Should Put Hackers Behind the Wheel

Crowdsourcing security matters will make drivers safer.

Open the pod bay doors, Hal.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

While the self-driving car has been touted as the inevitable future of the automobile industry, the idea of giving up the wheel to a software program still makes plenty of people anxious. Yet a couple of recent incidents demonstrate that these fears of lost control are already being realized, well before robots actually start taking the wheel. Instead of living in fear of a hacked planet, this new challenge should be seen as an opportunity to improve safety regulation for today as well as tomorrow. 

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