Security Researchers Hack, Trick Tesla’s Autopilot. What This Does (And Doesn’t) Tell Us About Autonomous Cars

At the start of the week, we heard reports that a Chinese security firm — Tencent Keen Security — had successfully hacked into a Tesla electric car yet again. In addition to leveraging a previous exploit to remotely control a Tesla’s autopilot system with a game controller, the researchers also showed how it was possible to trick the car’s autopilot system.

But while some people will see this as a horror story about the dangers of Internet-connected cars and autonomous driving systems, here are the lessons we can learn from this latest security white-hat discovery.


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