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FBI Concerned Google's Self-Driving Car Could Be A Weapon

The agency says criminals could make use of the company's hands-free driving by shooting at law enforcement.

By Madison Burke | July 16, 2014

The FBI is showing some concerns about Google's new driverless car. 

In May, Google presented Google Chauffeur — the self-driving car prototype that does not have a steering wheel or pedals, but instead uses strategically placed sensors to move around. (Via Google)

In a blog post, Google explained, ​"They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections."

But the FBI is less than enthusiastic about the idea. 

In an unclassified report obtained by The Guardian, the FBI shared its concern that the car could easily become a huge tool for criminals, especially if used during a car chase.

The FBI notes criminals could take advantage of the hands-free driving by shooting at their pursuers. (Via Getty Images)

According to VentureBeat, the FBI also worries about the cars themselves being used as a weapon, saying; “Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today.”

However, it probably wouldn't be used for any of that yet, since it currently tops out at 25 mph. 

Right now self-driving cars are only legal in four states, but they are in legislation in several others. (Via Mojo Motors)

Google is currently planning to build about one hundred prototype cars to hold a pilot program in California and further develop the technology. 

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