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Title: Will the Government Ruin Self-Driving Cars?
Source: Daily Bell
URL Source: http://www.thedailybell.com/news-an ... rnment-ruin-self-driving-cars/
Published: Jul 3, 2017
Author: Garrett Kehr
Post Date: 2017-07-05 21:08:02 by Anthem
Keywords: government hacking, cars
Views: 2196
Comments: 10

Over the past several decades, cars have become increasingly high tech allowing for computers to take larger roles in the routine functions of the car.  Computerized functions have been a boon to consumers, who advantage from greater reliability and efficiency, but also to criminal hackers who advantage from greater vulnerability.

Starting around the turn of the last decade tech enthusiasts started toying around with the concept of hacking into cars.  So-called “white hat” hackers, who seek out exploits in technology so companies can fix them, successfully attempted to remotely disable a sedan’s breaks and allowed for companies to take hacking into consideration when developing future models.   

Notably, a study done by two researchers discovered a vulnerability in Fiat Chrysler’s vehicles which caused a massive recall of 1.4 million vehicles.  After the incident, the company created a tool for car owners to constantly check for updates available to make their car safer whenever the Chryslers become aware of a threat.

The trend has become so troubling to automakers that most auto companies now employ entire firms dedicated to attempting to find exploits in their cars’ software.  Tesla recently profited from employing such efforts when Keen Security Lab was able to remotely take over a Tesla Model S car.  Due to the alert afforded by the security team’s efforts Tesla was able to create and distribute a patch immediately before any nefarious parties could take action with the flaw.

The common theme between all these examples is the company seeking out flaws in its own technology so as to better serve consumers and ensure greater safety for the public. To the public’s knowledge no criminal entity has yet determined how to remotely hack into a car on the market, but due to the lawless actions taken by entities within the federal government, that could soon change.

Threat From The CIA

Researchers within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been creating tools to hack into consumer vehicles. While the spy agency is within its alleged charter to create tools for espionage designed to keep Americans safe, their actions surrounding this technology have done the exact opposite.

The CIA has a horrific track record of keeping its hacking arsenal a secret.  By seeking out exploits in automobiles without notifying automakers of their efforts and findings the CIA has explicitly endangered the lives of drivers across the globe.  Already criminal entities are weaponizing the tools lost by the CIA and other government agencies.  In short, the CIA created major dangers to car owners within America and abroad through both its own intentional actions and unintentional negligence.

Even if the CIA could be trusted to hold onto the secret tools and ensure that it would be the only entity with the power to remotely take over cars there is no guarantee Americans would be safe. During the tenure of the CIA forces within the organization have long sought to increase the scope of their operations and actively engage in operations on US soil. There is no telling the grief that the agency could cause with this technology.  Already there is speculation that the agency has used this technology on American citizens, such as Michael Hastings.    

The dangers presented by the CIA’s actions have been amplified with the advent of the self-driving car. Consumers have been brought into a new age of transportation unleashed by the forces of creative destruction so important to the free market system. Soon individuals will be able to experience an entirely automated commute and enjoy the benefits of an automated distribution of goods. The public can only hope the government doesn’t get in the way of this amazing innovation as they have done with so many other great technological leaps


With the great volume of benefits made possible through this technology comes significant threats, however, which are magnified by the federal government’s general incompetency.  In order to better serve the vehicle owner, automated vehicles will undoubtedly collect data on consumer habits, driving patterns, and other personal information to better suit the experience to drivers’ needs.

To better “protect” the public, federal regulators have proposed a myriad of rules aimed at making the vehicles safer, which of course will not only stifle innovation, but will likely be outdated by the time they are codified due to the rapid advancements of this technology.

In a laughable demonstration of their lack of self-awareness the same government which is deploying resources to hack into electric cars is simultaneously proposing regulations on how companies can use data collected by autonomous vehicles in the name of privacy.  The leviathan is restricting companies from better serving their customers while concurrently building cyber weapons to endanger those same consumers!  

To battle this monstrous trajectory some advocacy groups are lobbying Congress for greater restrictions on intelligence agencies.  In an effort to ensure government agencies no longer create de-facto backdoor entries into private property political organizations are urging Congress to enact a Digital Bill Of Rights, but that may not be enough.  

Regardless of what laws are on the books intelligence agencies will always attempt to gain more power over information.  Not even the sacred Fourth Amendment has stopped the Intelligence Industrial Complex from spying on Americans.  Even if Congress were able to rein in known programs which endangered consumers, who knows what kind of secret programs these agencies could cook up.  If consumers want real protections from covert government spy craft they will need to take action into their own hands.

Market Approach

Per usual, when the government creates a major problem, the market creates a major solution. Already major firms are taking action to fight back against the increased hackability of automobiles.  Notably insurance companies are now starting to offer packages which include protections from hacker related damages.  Offering a more active role from customers, Geico, a major American auto insurer, has initiated a campaign focused on spreading tips regarding how to avoid car hacking.  

Acting on the trend of taking digital safety out of the government’s hands and into the driver’s, numerous automotive groups and publications have started publishing on how to make cars hack proof.  Of course the most needed solution is the rewarding of firms who put consumer safety first and governmental demands of back doors last.  Already this trend can be seen as companies such as General Motors and Tesla, who both invest significantly in cyber security, have seen their market shares rise.  

While consumers will play a large role in deciding how safe cars are from government snooping, technology might outpace consumer preferences and provide a solution much faster.  Technology advocates are now calling on automakers to release the code used to run various aspects of motor vehicles and utilize an open-source model. By releasing the codes to the public the entire process would become much more transparent and allow for greater scrutiny of a car’s software which in turn would help spot hacks, government created or otherwise, before real harm could be done.

By turning to advancements in technology and trusting consumers to invest in their own protections the marketplace can effectively beat the government to protecting drivers.  Moreover, market-based advancements will be the only thing to protect drivers from government-sponsored snooping.

From the commments section:


Yes, this will be yet another bonanza for the Federal Government. Everything they touch seems to get fouled up and it’s only getting worse as time goes on for our country. Like Reagan said of Government involvement in our lives, “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” We have too much Government, and what we have is just a Federal leviathan sucking off the productive taxpayers without a good return on investment. Take any Government agency and you’ll see what I mean. Drug Enforcement Agency: supposed to win the war on drugs, but they’ve been losing since DEA’s inception. Border Patrol: still have massive influxes of illegal aliens and their job is to stop it; never gonna happen. Housing and Urban Development: still have lots of ghettos that ain’t getting any better in the last 50 years. US Department of Agriculture: 40%+ of their budget is to dole out food stamps. Hello? Department of Education: Our schools K-12 keep getting worse compared to other countries rankings; plus they’ve had this “accreditation scheme” going on for decades that basically amounts to accrediting schools so’s students can get Government loans, and student debt is now $1.3Trillion. Really? Time to re-think “Government” and make it more competitive, if that is even possible.


Competitive government? Quite the oxymoron.

As for the DEA, the only way they are beginning to see losses is via legalization of certain drugs…namely marijuana for now. Prior to that, they had been winning big time. You see, the appearance of losing simply allows them to expand their agency and its powers. The DEA got to be a behemoth bureaucracy by “losing” and therefore requiring more and more taxpayer funds to enlarge and continue their faux fight to keep us safe from illegal drugs.

The same model is used for the war on terrorism. The war on terrorism equates to war on a phantom. The perfect way to extract unlimited funds from fearful “citizens” (dupes).

Your assessment that this will be another bonanza for the FedGov is correct. They don’t do anything unless a potential bonanza more accumulated power is available.

The Daily Bell

Yes, smaller and smaller states, secession, and private governance should hopefully make it more competitive. Thanks for commenting!

Poster Comment:

The amount of government and corporate snooping and control of our lives has changed dramatically in my short lifetime. Your bank, or Mastercard, or PayPal knows more about you than your mother or spouse. And that's not even close to what the FBI knows if you have voiced an opinion publicly (like here).

Yet airheads of both sexes continue to think that they are "conservative" and that this country is free. I have a friend who posts a steady stream of clickbait stories put out by "conservative" web sites. She also supports all sorts of tyrannies so long as they are directed at anyone labeled a bad guy by these sites. No clue that many of these sites and her favorite TV "news" is there to direct her mind, and is as unaware that her political antonym is fed the same way to the same effect -- opinionated naïveté.

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#1. To: Anthem (#0)

Will the Government Ruin Self-Driving Cars?

Yes. The largest single input to the meddling will be based on liability insurance requirements, "to protect the publick."

buckeroo  posted on  2017-07-05   21:26:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Anthem (#0)

Title: Will the Government Ruin Self-Driving Cars?

Is that a trick question?

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-05   21:32:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: buckeroo (#1)

Yes. The largest single input to the meddling will be based on liability insurance requirements, "to protect the publick."

Waaal, it's a good thing AIG is a private company, pilgrim.

Anthem  posted on  2017-07-05   21:36:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Tooconservative, Anthem, gatlin AKA spuds, aka tater, aka mr.potatoe head (#2)

Is that a trick question?

We defer definitive questions such as yours to gatlin. He "just knows" because he has the experience of 20 years peelin' taters feeding the chow line in the mezzanine hall after cleaning the latrines. I have often wondered if he washed his hands before pursuing his directed duties as a mere one strip airman, but that answer is probably a, "NOPE."

buckeroo  posted on  2017-07-05   22:56:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: buckeroo (#4)

Gatlin is a woman. Either that or "he" has the most feminine emotional writing style I've ever encountered.

Anthem  posted on  2017-07-05   23:05:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Anthem, Gatlin (#5)

Does this thread have even a tenuous connection to Gatlin? I don't see any comments here by him.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-07-05   23:22:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: Tooconservative (#6)

Perhaps the smart car can provide real-time updates on Gatlin's gender identification status? Maybe a nice graph with trend lines.

The D&R terrorists hate us because we're free, to vote second party

"We (government) need to do a lot less, a lot sooner" ~Ron Paul

Hondo68  posted on  2017-07-06   0:31:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: hondo68 (#7)

Wow. It only took 7 comments for this thread to mutate from self-driving cars to Gatlin's gender identity.

Is that a record?


Pinguinite  posted on  2017-07-06   1:49:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: hondo68 (#7)

Perhaps the smart car can provide real-time updates on Gatlin's gender identification status? Maybe a nice graph with trend lines.

Too funny. And TC comes on defending hesheit's honor.

HAL9000: "I'm sorry, I can't do that, Dave."

Anthem  posted on  2017-07-06   6:24:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#10. To: Pinguinite (#8) (Edited)

Wow. It only took 7 comments for this thread to mutate from self- driving cars to Gatlin's gender identity.

The cars are going to be equipped with bio-identity scanners. Or in this case bi- identity scanners.

Anthem  posted on  2017-07-06   6:27:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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