Tesla tricked into reacting to false lane markers
Occurred: April 2019
A teams of researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University have 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.
Purpose: Summon car
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
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Published: March 2023