Autonomous Vehicles Need Experimental Ethics: Are We Ready for Utilitarian Cars?

  title={Autonomous Vehicles Need Experimental Ethics: Are We Ready for Utilitarian Cars?},
  author={Jean-François Bonnefon and Azim Shariff and Iyad Rahwan},
The wide adoption of self-driving, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) promises to dramatically reduce the number of traffic accidents. Some accidents, though, will be inevitable, because some situations will require AVs to choose the lesser of two evils. For example, running over a pedestrian on the road or a passer-by on the side; or choosing whether to run over a group of pedestrians or to sacrifice the passenger by driving into a wall. It is a formidable challenge to define the algorithms that will… CONTINUE READING
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