What if your self-driving car gets hacked?

Not many years ago, self-driving cars were the stuff of science fiction. (Even the Jetsons’ flying cars required a human at the helm.) However, the speed with which this technology has developed, coupled with its disruptive potential have created uncertainties regarding how self-driving cars will affect society.

Looming questions abound. What are the security risks associated with a self-driving car connected to a network – a connected and autonomous transportation vehicle (CATV)? How vulnerable are self-driving cars and their supporting infrastructure to cyberattacks? How are privacy rights affected when vehicles collect and transmit gigabytes of data per drive? What are the other ethical, legal, and societal implications?

Discovery Park’s Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) will address these issues and more as it hosts four workshops where Purdue researchers and outside experts will discuss the research needs in relation to the ethical, legal, and social issues of CATVs. The first workshop will take place on Oct. 12, and it will focus specifically on cybersecurity, infrastructure, and data privacy in relation to CATVs.

These workshops are PPRI’s response to concerns presented at a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Capitol with the Howard Baker Forum, policymakers, industry leaders, academics, and other stakeholders. Each engaging workshop will produce a report addressing where we are in knowledge and policy, where we could go, and recommendations for how to get there.

Panelists for Oct. 12 include:

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