A senior Australian policeman is warning that autonomous cars could be used as dangerous weapons of terrorism.
Ramzi Jabbour, deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police is warning that the cars, could be easily exploited by criminals and terrorists to wreak havoc.
The Global Times website quotes Jabbour as saying that law enforcement worldwide would face significant challenges when the driverless cars became available.
The report adds that Police fear that terrorists could acquire a driverless vehicle, pack it with explosives then remotely drive it towards a specific target and detonate the explosives from the other side of the world.
“While advances in technology will present significant opportunities and revolutionize aspects of our everyday lives, it will also present significant challenges to police,” Jabbour told News Limited.
“Driverless vehicles could be exploited by criminals, including terrorists, to be pre-programed to carry out criminal acts.”
Graham Ashton, chief commissioner for Victoria Police, said he believed driverless cars would ultimately save more lives than they would cost.
“In the world of transport we are already seeing trials of the driverless car and this will continue to develop,” Ashton told News Limited.
“If this concept becomes reality it would significantly improve safety on our roads, because most road trauma is currently a result of driver error or impairment.”
Ashton said even using devices such as laptops or mobile phones while riding in a driverless car was a concept that excited Victoria Police.