How simple sticker graffiti on road signs can easily ‘confuse’ driverless cars and cause deadly accidents

  • Cars’ onboard computers can be easily confused into misreading road signs
  • The signs can be subtly manipulated and would appear normal to human drivers
  • Stickers placed over signs can trick smart cars into ignoring stop signals
  • Researchers hope their study will help autonomous car makers build better defence systems into their vehicles

All it takes to confuse a driverless car are a few simple stickers on road signs.

That’s the conclusion of a worrying study that found autonomous vehicles can be easily confused into misreading road signs that would appear normal to human drivers.

Placing stickers or posters over part or all of a sign could be used to trick smart cars into ignoring stop sign or suddenly braking in the middle of the road.

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