Researchers use electrical tape to trick a Tesla into speeding

Researchers use electrical tape to trick a Tesla into speeding

McAfee researchers recently tricked a Tesla into driving beyond a speed limit while the car’s cruise control feature was on. Using just a piece of black electrical tape across the middle of the 3 in a 35 MPH speed limit sign, the researcher tricked the system in reading that as an 85 MPH sign. MobilEye, which provides the technology, said cameras stickers and tapes could confuse the human eye too.

Paris Cloud
Paris Cloud 2 months

They put tape on the speed limit sign so the camera would misread the sign. Not a hack, but maybe an issue if the car can't think enough about the rest of the traffic patterns.

Bob Of Cheesecake
Bob Of Cheesecake 2 months

That is not a hack.

Gradient Flow
Gradient Flow 2 months

At least where I live, kids like to use spray paint to change the 3 in 35 to an 8 as a prank, so I can see this being an issue that needs to be addressed. Also, if the car uses lines in the road for navigation, pranksters could add lines in the road to confuse the car.

Crimson Jester
Crimson Jester 2 months

My GPS has the mph as one of its features. Tells me if I'm speeding. Why don't they have this as a failsafe measure?

Blahrtos 2 months

"hackers", are you serious...

CommanderVaasDC 2 months

... so... the car read the speed and went at that speed is what you're saying. it's like saying one intersection is 50, and then the next block its 60 and the car speeds up. wow same shit.

Daniel McEwen
Daniel McEwen 2 months

Google Maps can often tell you the speed limit and your own speed. It's not perfect. It doesn't always know the speed limit or have it correct. I know of enough roads where when you turn onto them there are no speed limit signs for miles and miles. What will the Tesla car do in such a circumstance?

Arthur 2 months

autonomous cars will be the death of the human race!

Jeff 2 months

Maybe, but a human would know to doubt the accuracy of a modified sign. Autonomous vehicle are disasters actively looking for a place to occur.

Eric 2 months

We all know human drives are extremely fallible but I also have serious reserves about AI in automobiles. I have worked around computer controlled machines for decades and have witnessed them just randomly seize up on many occasions, this was indoors under controlled conditions. I could only imagine what may happen in the real world driving conditions.

npc8472 2 months

In other news...humans find a way to troll other humans with fancy cars.

Pedro Rodriguez
Pedro Rodriguez 2 months

What do The Jargon Files say about this being a hack?

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