• I'm also 99-100% sure whatever they are programmed to leave the factory with once a few months pass alternative remap or racing chip style alternatives will appear to make your self driving car accelerate faster and drive more aggressively taking more risks.

    This is really only as option as long as these are, like the Tesla, not "self-driving" vehicles as part of automomous fleets but "driver assist" sports cars. Liability increasingly is on the side of the car makers and, in turn, on the software-- why there are already moves to open source things. Looking at the financial damage to Samsung that a battery can make in a single model (Note 7) or to VW what a bit of sneaky software can create ($10 billion in brand value and as much as $18 billion in compensation and fines) we are no longer in the world of the Ford Corvair ("Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile", Ralph Nader, 1965) but litigation without bounds..

    Sure there will, I suspect, be high-end sportscars (the niche currently filled by Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Lykan etc.)-- as outgrowth of the Formula-E-- but I suspect that insurrance and liability will leave their home turf to places like Shanghai, Moscow, Dubai, Riyadh and less so in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles.. Doubt you will see any in Nottingham..

  • Phone is rooted and overclocked running a custom firmware, pc is overclocked, just about everything we pass to people is soon after cracked/hacked open and modified to barely be recognised. I don't see why this shouldn't be extended to car software or why anyone would expect any different.

    If the algorithm says only accelerate 60% and pass cyclists with 1.5m space it's only a matter of time before someone changes it to 100% and 0.5m. It's a rather endless list of ways you could modify them to drive differently.

  • Phone is rooted and overclocked running a custom firmware, pc is overclocked, just about everything we pass to people is soon after cracked/hacked open and modified to barely be recognised

    If you root your phone and brick it then you just have a bricked phone. If you overlock your pc and your system overheads.. then you just have an overheated system and perhaps a voided warranty. If your crack, hack or open a product to do mods you, at worst, ruin the product-- perhaps, at worst, break a few laws (e.g. radio emission etc.)-- and nullify its warranty.. If you modify the certified software of a self-driving car you probably well have also nullified your insurrance coverage.

  • If the algorithm says only accelerate 60% and pass cyclists with 1.5m space it's only a matter of time before someone changes it to 100% and 0.5m. It's a rather endless list of ways you could modify them to drive differently.

    "Fortunately" it does not work that way..
    See, for example, https://images.nvidia.com/content/tegra/­automotive/images/2016/solutions/pdf/end­-to-end-dl-using-px.pdf

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