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Deadly crashes, ambulances stopped in their tracks and gridlock chaos: How self-driving cars could be HACKED to cause mayhem, researchers claim

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Self-driving cars could be hacked and forced to crash in the near future, researchers have warned.

Travel delays may be the least of people’s concerns in the year 2026 when tens of millions of self-driving cars are expected to be on American roadways, according to recent data gathered by physicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Fatal accidents and injured or sick people dying in ambulances stuck in gridlock are two potentially severe consequences of cyber attacking vehicles connected to the internet.

‘Unlike most of the data breaches we hear about, hacked cars have physical consequences,’ Assistant Professor and study co-leader Peter Yunker of Georgia Tech’s School of Physics said in a written statement about the research. 

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