Self-Driving Cars hacked with Love and Hate

Wissenschaftler der Uni Washington haben die Computer-Vision-Systeme von selbstfahrenden Autos gehackt – indem sie Love und Hate in colorierten Pixelfonts auf Stop-Schilder geklebt haben: Self-Driving Cars Can Be Hacked By Just Putting Stickers On Street Signs. Die Erfolgsrate: 100%. Ich freue mich schon auf die Streetart-Sticker-Trolle aus dem Jahr 2025.

According to the researchers, image recognition system used by most autonomous cars fails to read road sign boards if they are altered by placing stickers or posters over part or the whole road sign board.

In a research paper, titled "Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models," the researchers demonstrated several ways to disrupt the way autonomous cars read and classify road signs using just a colour printer and a camera.

By simply adding "Love" and "Hate" graphics onto a "STOP" sign (as shown in the figure), the researchers were able to trick the autonomous car’s image-detecting algorithms into thinking it was just a Speed Limit 45 sign in 100 percent of test cases.

The researchers also performed the same exact test on a RIGHT TURN sign and found that the cars wrongly classified it as a STOP sign two-thirds of the time. The researchers did not stop there. They also applied smaller stickers onto a STOP sign to camouflage the visual disturbances and the car identified it as a street art in 100 percent of the time.