Tesla Autopilot tricked into accelerating
Occurred: February 2020
Researchers at McFee Labs have tricked several Tesla models into breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign.
When the researchers placed a bit of black electrical tape measuring 5cm on a road sign depicting a 35mph speed limit, the MobilEye camera in a Model X misread the sign as 85mph and began accelerating.
The attack only worked for older Tesla Model S and X vehicles using MobilEye's EyeQ3 camera system. The system is deployed in over 40 million vehicles across the world.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system; Computer vision
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Black box
McAfee Labs (2020). Model Hacking ADAS to Pave Safer Roads for Autonomous Vehicles
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Published: March 2023