New Autonomous Cars to Protect Occupants… At All Costs

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Whom should an autonomous car protect: the driver or a pedestrian?

Accidents are an unfortunate consequence of driving, and, so far, even autonomous software can’t prevent them. The ethics of accident avoidance is becoming one of the drawbacks of self-driving cars. When a human is driving, he or she can quickly process information and make a decision that, hopefully, results in the least amount of harm. Most of us would take any means of avoidance necessary to avoid hitting another person.

Self-driving cars, on the other hand, may be programmed to protect the driver at all costs…even if it means a pedestrian’s life.

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