Never Mind the Trolley: The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles in Mundane Situations

@article{Himmelreich2018NeverMT,
  title={Never Mind the Trolley: The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles in Mundane Situations},
  author={Johannes Himmelreich},
  journal={Ethical Theory and Moral Practice},
  year={2018},
  volume={21},
  pages={669-684}
}
Trolley cases are widely considered central to the ethics of autonomous vehicles. We caution against this by identifying four problems. (1) Trolley cases, given technical limitations, rest on assumptions that are in tension with one another. Furthermore, (2) trolley cases illuminate only a limited range of ethical issues insofar as they cohere with a certain design framework. Furthermore, (3) trolley cases seem to demand a moral answer when a political answer is called for. Finally, (4) trolley… 
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