Cars have up to 100 million lines of code
And yet we have no software safety laws.
What’s happening on the roads today? How can you protect yourself from faulty software? Can you protect yourself?
If your car suddenly accelerates out of control and you can’t make it stop because the software has stopped the brakes from working, do you know what to do?
- Put the car in neutral.
- Turn the engine off. [If you have a keyless car, just keep pressing that button until the vehicle stops.]
- When it is safe to do so, call 911 for help.
Concerned that the public does not understand that the robot cars of tomorrow are actually here on the roads today — right now — Patricia Herdman wrote “When Cars Decide to Kill” to help people understand the pressing need to wrap safety regulations around software products that can harm or even kill people.