Autonomous Cars: In Favor of a Mandatory Ethics Setting

  title={Autonomous Cars: In Favor of a Mandatory Ethics Setting},
  author={Jan Gogoll and Julian F. M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Science and Engineering Ethics},
The recent progress in the development of autonomous cars has seen ethical questions come to the forefront. In particular, life and death decisions regarding the behavior of self-driving cars in trolley dilemma situations are attracting widespread interest in the recent debate. In this essay we want to ask whether we should implement a mandatory ethics setting (MES) for the whole of society or, whether every driver should have the choice to select his own personal ethics setting (PES). While… 
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