Auto Transportation Essay

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An Analysis of Automation and the Future of the Auto Transportation Industry

Time and time again advancements in technology have assisted the evolution of mankind. Since Neanderthals began using stone instead of wood, and once again when ancient civilization began to use forging techniques and experimenting with different metals. This advancement continued into the 19th century when Europe and the United States went through the industrial revolution. The last revolution we went through was the computer revolution. Since computers have become more and more prevalent since their earliest forms in the early 20th century, they have taken over the world. Increasingly since their implementation, they have been used in every possible industry the
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What cost is too big to stop us from the implementation now? In this instance, it’s not a capital cost we are talking about, it’s about ethical and social costs. One of the current arguments against the implementations of these vehicles is how do you program ethics. For example, take the “trolley scenario”. A runaway train is on the loose heading towards five individuals residing further on down the track. You don’t have time to warn them, but you do have to ability to pull a lever that will switch the trolley track. You look to this stretch of track and find one individual residing in the same situation as the five others. What do you do? Sacrifice five for the one, or sacrifice one for the five. Teaching ethical dilemmas to a computer system is a challenge for manufactures because there always isn’t a correct answer. When it comes to moral decisions is it simply about outcomes, or is it about the manner in which you achieve them? (BBC Radio 4). Examine this hypothetical situation proposed by Noah Goodall of Spectrum, “It’s 2034 and a drunken man walking along a sidewalk at night trips and falls directly in front of a driverless car, which strikes him square on, killing him instantly. Had a human been at the wheel, the death would have been considered an accident because the pedestrian was clearly at fault and no reasonable person could have swerved in time. But the “reasonable person” legal standard for driver negligence disappeared back in the 2020s, when the proliferation of driverless cars reduced crash rates by 90 percent. Now the standard is that of the reasonable robot. The victim’s family sues the vehicle manufacturer on that ground, claiming that, although the car didn’t have time to brake, it could have swerved around the pedestrian, crossing the double yellow line and colliding with the empty driverless vehicle in the next lane. A reconstruction of the crash using data from

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