A tip of the boonie hat to Typeay for forwarding the link above. A snippet:
If you're at all in fear of a Skynet future controlled entirely by computers such as that featured in the Terminator franchise, look away now.
IBM has applied for a patent that covers "a method for managing engines in response to a traffic signal".
If you're crawling through traffic in 2025 and approach a traffic light, IBM hopes it will be able to take control of your car.
And according to the patent, you won't be able to go again until it lets you.
Which sounds relatively harmless - it's something we do, or should do, anyway - but the issue of computer-controlled cars had some uneasy light thrown on it last week, when researchers at the universities of Washington and California enjoyed themselves at the expense of current models.
In effect, they hacked a family sedan.
With a laptop and customised software called CarShark, the researchers disabled the brakes of a regular family car and switched its engine off - while it was moving.
They also played with its air-conditioning and added a "countdown" feature, which saw the car stop, doors lock and a series of little honks notify the driver trapped inside that their engine is about to die.