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FBI Weary Of Self-Driving Cars : News

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly bracing for a new wave of criminal activity facilitated by autonomous vehicles.

An internal report obtained by The Guardian outlines a wide range of concerns, including the potential for a driverless car to be laden with explosives and navigate itself to a target destination.

The agency is also concerned that criminals could modify the autonomous software to disobey traffic lights and speed limits, while "bad actors will be able to conduct tasks that require use of both hands or taking one's eyes off the road which would be impossible today."

On the flip side, the FBI acknowledges the potential safety benefits of autonomous features used by law enforcement or other emergency vehicles. The technology could serve to reduce accidents that stem from manual operation and "distraction or poor judgement."

"Surveillance will be made more effective and easier, with less of a chance that a patrol car will lose sight of a target vehicle," the report adds. "In addition, algorithms can control the distance that the patrol car is behind the target to avoid detection or intentionally have a patrol car make opposite turns at intersections, yet successfully meet up at later points with the target."

Authored by the FBI's Strategic Issues Group within the Directorate of Intelligence, the report was restricted but accessed via a public records request.

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