Driverless cars? What if?

| 5/16/2013

The concept of driverless cars got a generally warm reception at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Thursday, May 16.

Sen. John Thune, R-SD, told the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that self-driving cars will open up new possibilities for disabled people and that producing the high-tech vehicles will help drive the economy.

However, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, brought up the possibility of what he called “catastrophic cyber-attacks” in which a computer hacker might be able to tamper with the controls of self-driving car.