Tesla promises to release an electric car with fully autonomous control, but at the same time they strictly insist - always keep your hands when driving on the steering wheel. The last claim was recently proven by hackers at McAfee's service. With the help of a symbolic piece of dark electrical tape, they tricked Tesla's onboard artificial intelligence, forcing it to exceed the speed by 80 km / h against the rules!
Steve Povolny and Shivangi Trivedi decided to experimentally test the vulnerability in the 2016 Tesla Model X. Even a demonstration of vulnerability, since neither Tesla nor MobilEye EyeQ3, which supplies "smart cameras" for this model, did not respond to standard requests. The hackers chose a convenient, safe section of the track with a 35 mph speed limit sign, to which they stuck a piece of tape only 5 cm long.
It is noteworthy that they fixed the tape not vertically in order to visually transform “3” into “8”, but horizontally, simply extending the middle part of “3” to the left. But for the onboard camera software, this was enough, and after seeing the "modified" sign, Tesla obediently began to accelerate rapidly. For an unprepared person, this would look like a disaster - for no reason, no reason the AI of the car suddenly went crazy and decided to destroy its passengers?
Some time later, MobilEye EyeQ3 gave an official response, in which they admitted the existence of a vulnerability. As it turned out, the company's old cameras are basically not suitable for autonomous driving. In the new models, errors have been eliminated, which has been confirmed by the independent expertise of hackers from McAfee. But how many other vulnerabilities remain to be found?