In a recent set of events, a group of researchers conducted a study titled ‘Cyber-physical risks of hacked Internet-connected vehicles,’ where the researchers modeled a typical scenario where a total of 20 percent driverless cars in Manhattan borough are hacked, the results of the study are appalling.
Most daily commuters know of the horrendous experience one may face if a vehicle breakdown or traffic incident happens en route. The whole freeway or connecting road traffic comes to complete standstill, with honks and heated debates right on the route. Now, adding on to this if just a 20 percent of traffic is halted remotely, the researchers’ could model a pretty decent scenario lamenting the experience a city like Manhattan would face, the whole borough traffic would grind to a complete halt. Furthermore, even at 10 percent, the results were not appealing, the model indicated half of Manhattan’s roads would remain inaccessible.
Speaking in general, an autonomous traffic system is a much-needed thing for today’s connected smart cities and automobiles, they are a sure shot at improving efficiency and mitigating human errors, which often are the cause for accidents.
Moreover, a single hacked vehicle could slow down the traffic in its physical proximity, although it won’t have a, that major, impact on the citywide traffic. But its take no time for the situation to turn over with just a few more such hacked vehicles, the situation rapidly accelerates from vicinity slowdown to a complete gridlock as all major roads and junctions get blocked.
To address this major future concern, researchers suggest to ensuring as many connected systems as possible are brought into use, this greatly reduces the chance of compromising more of the overall network.