“Car companies are finally realising that what they sell is just a big computer you sit in.”
So says Kevin Tighe, a senior systems engineer at security testing firm Bugcrowd according to this Guardian article, reporting from the “car-hacking village” at this year’s Defcon, the hacker conference.
Expect more of this kind of article. Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.
It seems everybody’s doing self-driving cars nowadays, but Bloomberg reports that George Hotz is doing for the self-driving car what Biggles did for the Sopwith Camel – giving it the romance of seat-of-the-pants driving, and money-where-your-mouth-is glamour.
There’s a brilliant video clip about half-way through the article that explains absolutely everything (really). In essence, however, what you do is show the AI how you drive your car then, after a few hours, let it get on with it.