Tesla tricked into reacting to false lane markers

Occurred: April 2019

A teams of researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University created a basic projection system that is able to trick Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system into seeing things that don't exist.

The team used off-the-shelf drones and a cheap projector to project a number of 'phantom' images onto the road, including false traffic lines and a false speed limit sign.

Whilst the reaction of the Tesla was mostly fairly limited - when shown an image of Elon Musk, the Autopilot system slowed from 18mph to 14mph - the spoofs show how easily a Tesla could be manipulated by third-parties. 

Ben-Gurion student Ben Nassi also successfully spoofed a Mobileye 630 PRO driver assist system using inexpensive drones and battery-powered projectors.

Operator: Ben-Gurion University
Developer: Tesla

Country: Canada

Sector: Automotive

Purpose: Summon car

Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety

Transparency: Black box