Self-driving cars: Programmed to kill?

Early data shows us that self-driving cars are safe because:

  • They don’t get drunk
  • They don’t text while driving
  • They don’t get road rage

Nevertheless, there are ethical implications around self-driving cars that have yet to be resolved. Consider this: if the car is programmed to kill the driver in circumstances where it is required to save many more lives, is the general public ready to entrust these decisions to programmer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why it’s Hot
While the technology has thus far garnered all of the focus of self-driving cars, there are serious ethical decisions that are not as easy to solve via code or engineering. Ultimately, the most important decisions still must be made by humans.