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Hackers have reportedly begun using stickers which confuse Tesla’s autopilot system to trick the cars into driving into the wrong lanes or towards oncoming traffic.
Forbes reports that Keen Labs, a Chinese cybersecurity research group which is regarded as one of the best in the world, has successfully developed two different methods of confusing Tesla autopilot’s lane-recognition tech. The first method the researchers tried was to alter the lane markings on the road, adding patches to the ground to make them seem blurred. This worked but the patches on the road were particularly conspicuous and easily seen by drivers, as a result, Keen Labs determined this would be too hard to implement in the real world.
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Keen Labs then attempted to create a “fake lane” after they discovered that Tesla’s autopilot would detect a laneway once it tracked three small stickers placed on the ground. The hackers tested this theory on a test track by placing small stickers at an intersection, believing they could trick the Tesla vehicle into thinking the patches marked out the continuation of the right-hand lane. This proved correct as the car took a turn into the real left lane which could easily have caused an accident on a real road.
Keen Labs wrote in a paper: “Our experiments proved that this architecture has security risks and reverse-lane recognition is one of the necessary functions for autonomous driving in non-closed roads. In...
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