What this article misses about ethical decision making for autonomous vehicles is that there doesn’t need to be only one right answer to ethical dilemas.
Currently human drivers make different decisions when faved with similar ethical dilemas. For example, hit a wall kill car occupants or hit and kill pedestrians. Different people react differently in that situation and there are consequences both moral and legal. Autonomous cars don’t need to have the perfect solution before we put them on the road. Users or owners just need to be held accountable in the same way they are now.
Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life? http://nyti.ms/28T0JAR
An exhaustive look at the changes that driverless cars (automated vehicles) could bring to our lives.
A lot of the what ifs are a little a head of their time. Obviously entrenched interests will fight against the change to AV’s tooth and nail. I think widescale demonstrations and purpose built automated systems such as driverless downtowns or AV lanes on the highway will put many of the concerns to rest.
There is a convergence between art and science going on in London. The type that architects are particularly adept seeing.
They are looking at how machines see the world through scanning equipment to understand better what problems these machines will have in perceiving the real world.
This is going to have a big effect on the long-term success for driverless cars.
The Dream Life of Driverless Cars http://nyti.ms/1kMhr5u
A step in the right direction. Take drivers out of the equation for driverless cars.
Driverless taxis. Padding on the front in case a pedestrian gets hit. Cars driving in trains at 100 miles an hour.
The dream gets a little closer. Once this no driver controls technology is shown to be safe the next step is to designate more and larger areas for this technology to be used exclusively. Mixing it in with human controlled cars is a recipe for lawsuits. Following larger implementations of driverless areas I’d like to see lanes such HOV lanes sequestered on highways for exclusive use of high speed driverless trains of cars ferrying commuters.
NYTimes: Google’s Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Steering Wheel or Brake Pedals
Interesting but predictable spin on the technology I most want to see before I die.
Arizona lawmakers can’t get past who will be liable in a driverless car accident. We all know that Arizona’s lawmakers aren’t thought leaders and barely seem capable of living in a modern multicultural world. It’s a safe guess that the thought of an illegal Mexican immigrant crashing his driverless car keeps them up at night (with their hand on the AK under their pillow).
Why not look to other pilotless / driverless transport technologies out there? We know how to get people from point A to point B with out each person having to drive the vehicle themselves. We need to look to the legal framework these methods rely on to inform the legal direction for driverless cars.
This is all premature anyway. These misguided legislators aren’t seeing the big picture. When driverless cars become a reality it’s not going to be a case of the guy down the street hitting your regular car while his is on auto pilot. The first production driverless cars will most likely be hybrids that can be driven as we do today as well as in auto pilot mode under controlled conditions. We will most likely build designated routes that will likely include stretches of highway and urban centers which will only have automated traffic.
The automated vehicles will operate amidst a purpose built infrastructure. Imagine the driverless monorail systems at airports. Vehicles can move without drivers. Alongside the in car technology we will simultaneously build and implement external systems which will control and limit the movement of the vehicles. The technology will define the roadbed surface as ‘track’ which the automated cars cannot deviate from except in progammatically defined ways. These systems will be created by corporations and certified by governmental entities. The nature of liability in these situations will be entirely different than what we have today.