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Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Cyber Security Research Center found that they can trick the autopilot on an autonomous vehicle to erroneously apply its brakes in response to “phantom” images projected on a road or billboard.
The researchers demonstrated that autopilots and advance driving-assistance systems in semi-autonomous or fully autonomous cars register depthless projections of objects (phantoms) as real objects. They show how attackers can exploit this perceptual challenge to manipulate the vehicle and potentially harm the driver or passengers without any special expertise by using a commercial drone and inexpensive image projector.
In the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev research,…