Tesla Model S Following A Theft Attempt. Will Self-Driving Tech Make It Even More Difficult To Steal A Tesla? (via DragTimes)
Aside from piloting our vehicles, self-driving technology will provide benefits that many of us haven't even thought of yet. Some, while likely considered by automakers, may not even be intentional, or initially in place. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Are autonomous cars difficult or impossible to steal?
Cameras All Around The Vehicle Could Be "Watching" Potential Car Thieves
Hacking self-driving systems has been a greater concern receiving lip service in the press. Hacking doesn't necessarily lead directly to theft, and it has already been shown that hacking concerns have been limited. Professional hackers are graciously pointing out vulnerabilities and companies have been able to fix the breach. Tesla has an advantage in this situation due to its ability to use over-the-air updates.
So, back to traditional car theft. What would happen?
Maybe it's just me, but who would want to attempt to steal a connected car that has the ability to drive itself? The vehicle is tracked by a navigation system and can be summoned to the owner, or potentially sent to a destination. Could the car owner "kidnap" the thief? Knowing that the vehicle has a myriad of cameras that are able to see every angle and possibly record footage, would seem to be enough to deter criminals.
As we move forward even further to Level 5 autonomy, we may see cars with no steering wheels or pedals. The cars may be able to know if the "owner" is in the vehicle. Can you drive it away without some type of key or identity check. Wait ... it would be driving you away.
Yea .. it's all going to get pretty interesting to say the least.