Google’s Driverless cars threaten national safety
The FBI has ideas that the driverless cars built by Google could be a threat to national safety by being used as a lethal weapon.
Though the FBI feels that the vehicle could make revolutionary changes in how high-speed cars are chased, there is also the fear of the vehicles used anonymously by criminals and used as a weapon.
The documents obtained by the Guardian from FBI say that the cards will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.” Another section in the report says that people with bad intentions could be able to do tasks that require the use of one’s hands and eyes which is currently impossible to do while driving.
Another reason for the doubt is that shooters can get away easily with cars that drive themselves from the spot. The document notes, “Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today.”
The cars use several technologies like laser ranging, radar, GPS, video cameras etc to build a 3D map of its surroundings including all objects in the scene which will then be used to program to navigate safely around the roads and reach the destination following all traffic rules.
The FBI also has mentioned that criminals who make use of this technology might override safety features installed in order to break traffic rules and exceed speed limits and they might also keep explosives in the car and send it to a public spot.
Google has said that the cars will need no human intervention in order to drive someone to a particular destination. However, it makes it easy for criminals to use it against the law.