Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Mindbullet dateline: 12 September 2017

Yesterday’s court ruling shows two things – just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids!

The driver of the car that crashed into a crowd of football supporters, killing twenty, was judged to be “not responsible” because his car had an on-board computer. It was clear that this was the latest manifestation in a series of accidents in the past few months, now proved to have been caused by hackers remotely accessing BMW’s ‘Smart X’ on-board computers.

The culprits are believed to be a networked gang of Asian kids between the ages of ten and fifteen.

Yoshi Koo, an advisor to the prosecution team, says “They gained access to the car’s internal computer network, literally enslaving it, without having to touch the car. The same instructions that control brakes, power steering, engine and dashboard displays were attacked and modified, and then erased after the event, making forensic investigation almost impossible. A combination of smartphone and contaminated road traffic information was all it took. Once they had accessed one part of the car’s digital system they were able to take over the entire network.”

It seems the prosecutors have been able to employ the skills of local teenagers to get into the new hacking network and arrests are expected in the next few days.

BMW has also announced a recall of all ‘Smart X’ models, which were launched with much fanfare last year, undoubtedly to apply some teenage thinking to the problem.

Just think about it, do you know what your kids are up to when they are alone in their room?

Links to related stories

Warning: Hazardous Thinking at Work

Despite appearances to the contrary, Futureworld cannot and does not predict the future. Our Mindbullets scenarios are fictitious and designed purely to explore possible futures, challenge and stimulate strategic thinking. Use these at your own risk. Any reference to actual people, entities or events is entirely allegorical. Copyright Futureworld International Limited. Reproduction or distribution permitted only with recognition of Copyright and the inclusion of this disclaimer. © Public domain image.

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest

Read another Mindbullet

Where's my solar power solution?
Dateline: 5 June 2016
In the last five years the world has seen ever more conflict over that basic resource, so essential to the modern industrialized economy, energy. Real wars are being fought over fossil fuels on four continents, and the two big gorillas, America and China, are in a silent duel over control of foreign sources of oil...

Sign up to receive news from the future