Tuesday, December 9, 2014

G&T 1: The Ethics of Autonomous Cars

G&T 1: The Ethics of Autonomous Cars


Patrick Lin's article on the ethics of autonomous cars was very interesting. I think the random number generator is the best option. There is a greater chance of getting hit by a self controlled car than an autonomous therefore people should not be risking their safety and buying unsafer cars because of the fear of one car model. I think this would cause more accidents and deaths on the road. With a random number generator a driver can buy whatever car they wish without too much of a fear. I think the motorcycle theory is a great example of why the random number generator is a fabulous idea. The autonomous car is going to hit which ever cyclist is wearing bulkier, heavier gear. The motorcyclist wearing a helmet. The problem with this is the same with the SUV vs Mini Cooper dilemma: If people wearing a helmet have a greater chance of getting hit with the autonomous car, less motorcyclist will wear helmets, resulting in overall ore accidents.

If the driver isn't in control of the car's actions, it should NOT be responsible for any outcomes. It is not their responsibility. The car company should pay a fine because in the end, they made the decision, not the driver.

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