The ethics of self-driving cars – what would you do?

The ethics of self-driving cars – what would you do?

By Fouad Bendris

Nearly 60% of us would take a ride in a self-driving car, but the ethics of how an autonomous vehicle should act in certain situations is more complicated than you think. Should the car slam into a wall, killing the passengers, to save pedestrians? Or vice versa? What about if one group is elderly, and the other teenagers? These are some of the questions a project undertaken at MIT aims to answer. The study puts people behind the wheel of a self-driving car and forces them to make ethical decisions in potentially deadly scenarios.

Fouad Bendris’s insight:
An MIT project – the ‘Moral Machine’ – turns you into a self-driving car to explore the ethical decisions autonomous vehicles could face.

Source:: Strategy & Governance

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