As if there aren’t enough difficulties and problems to solve in the driverless car arena, a new threat looms on the not-too-distant horizon. According to a report in The Economic Times, ISIS is developing driverless cars that could be used to carry out attacks in crowded places.
The paper cites a warning from Jamie Shea, NATO deputy assistant secretary general for emerging security threats, who said that ISIS technicians are using a bomb making factory in Raqqa to develop the technology.
Shea said ISIS is using “its technical expertise” to “play around” with self-driving cars in what he termed a “worrying” development.
ISIS Developing “Google-Style” Driverless Cars
Shea went on to say that it “is not just Google that is producing the autonomous car, ISIS is also trying to do the same.”
With a self-driving car, ISIS could deploy the vehicles into crowded places without the need for a suicide bomber. According to reports, ISIS ranks have been depleted and eliminating the need for suicide bombers with a driverless car would help stem that reduction.
It’s also an insidious threat, one that cities in Britain, throughout Europe and North America would be well advised to take seriously. Indeed, as pilot programs and testing of autonomous vehicles is already ongoing or planned in locations such as Sweden, Britain, China, Canada and numerous states in America, the threat level raised by terrorists seeking to wreak maximum death count with self-driving suicide bomb vehicles is frightening.
In the United States, the FBI has long warned that autonomous cars could be used by criminals as lethal weapons.