Today’s cars can connect us to our favorite music apps or alert us to the vehicle lurking in our blind spot. It’s amazing, but all this technology also introduces new security and safety issues that we’re only beginning to understand. Cheap technology makes it easy to steal luxury cars in seconds, and automakers collect and freely share whatever data they can on you. Now, researchers have discovered how to make your car’s radar system hallucinate.
Engineers at Duke University discovered they could trick a car’s radar into believing anything and do it on the fly. The MadRadar engineers created can disguise an approaching vehicle or make a ghost car, and the system can do this on the fly without knowing the specific parameters of the victim’s radar, which is a key point.
According to the researchers, no two vehicles have the same radar parameters, but MadRadar can detect them in less than a quarter of a second. Once it knows the parameters, it can transmit its signal to fool the victim’s radar system. Engineers conducted the study on real radar systems in cars moving at high speeds, carrying out the attack from other moving and stationary vehicles along the road.
MadRadar can also trick a car into thinking another vehicle around it has suddenly changed course. As automakers implement and improve various radar-based driver assistance systems, being able to trick these systems into hallucinating could lead to crashes or other types of hacker attacks. future.
Miroslav Pajic, the Dickinson associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University and leader of the project, said MadRadar could fool something like adaptive cruise control. This could trick your car into thinking the vehicle in front of you is speeding when that’s not the case – and that sounds a little terrifying.
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