At some point in time, engineers and lawyers will need to determine if an autonomous car needs to have a conscience. The classic thought exercise in ethics known as the trolley problem , or possibly the “fat man variant” will need to be dealt with. Wikipedia states it as well as I can hope to: The general… Continue reading Vehicular Morality: Is My Car Evil?
A month ago, Jason Laughlin posted an article about autonomous cars in Philly.com. The basic gist of the article was that autonomous cars may need to be programmed with morality. He thought that autonomous cars were a long way off, because, in his words: …the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission assembled last fall the Futures Group,… Continue reading Did Philly Miss the Future?
One of the things I’ve alluded to and not addressed in a very straightforward manner is the fact that automation exists, full autonomy does not (today) and that there are a few steps between today and full autonomy. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a policy. It breaks… Continue reading Five Levels of Automation: NHTSA