"Computers not connected the internet or without any connected Bluetooth active cannot be hacked"
That is true, but many, and more all the time, are connected in one way or another by the driver/owner, thus opening the door for hacking. And as I mentioned, some manufacturers, a prime example is Tesla, are connected full time in design. The ability to hack has been demonstrated in modern cars with internal computers running most functions, including steering, braking, throttle, fuel control, hvac, door locks, windshield wipers, the list goes on and on, if anything is connected to an outside source. Almost all new cars have several dozen computers on board.
As for truly autonomous cars, many are pretty darn close. Yes, you are correct that there are situations imaged where the software is yet to be determined (if possible), but at this time there are a few test cars crossing the US as I write this according to what I've just read, and many local tests for totally autonomous cars have been conducted (some with standby drivers, some without), evidently mostly successfully, within the parameters of the software, some software being more sophisticated than others. Situations you imagine of these cars being "harassed" by pedestrians or vehicles could most likely result in a stationary safety mode or even total shutdown.
The future is a little closer than you might, or seem to, think, for better or for worse. I, for one, am not in favor of totally 100% autonomous vehicles, except in very limited usage/situations. Time will tell, though.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 09-26-2017 at 11:14 AM.