Safety Ethics : An Article From The New York Times Essay

1618 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
We envision in the future, you can take your hands off the wheel, and your commute becomes restful or productive instead of frustrating and exhausting,” said Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, adding that highly automated vehicles “will save time, money and lives.””; states an article from the New York Times. Driverless cars are an on growing technological development that has been gaining popularity in the automotive industry. This new technology is being used in applications such as collision and crash avoidance, but the fear for safety arises. The moral dilemma surfaces from putting human lives in the hands of, essentially, a robot chauffeur. I plan to explore safety ethics through a Utilitarian and Kantian perspective as well as using the line drawing technique in order to demonstrate that driverless vehicles are a safe alternative to traditional vehicles and should be allowed on open roads.
The report “Deaths: Final Data for 2013” states the 33,804 deaths were caused in motor vehicle accidents in the year 2013. This accounts for 17.5% of all injury deaths. The majority of these motor vehicle accidents were preventable. According to Brian Fung, from the Washington Post, accidents caused by human error account for 95% of all car crashes today. There are countless factors that distract drivers, causing them to not pay attention to the road while driving. Texting and driving, or cell phone usage in general, has become an issue in recent years.…

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