Self-Driving Cars Case Study

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In the immeasurable era of technology, Self-Driving cars (SDCs) are a substantial invention of automated assistance in driving. Along with flawless driving efficiency that has the potential to enormously reduce the number of road traffic accidents, the concept of SDCs has also brought back ethics and morals into the world of vehicular driving. However, as every major invention, SDCs can be a potential threat as well. There is still a long way to go in terms of progress before SDCs can be made ethical and acceptable to the society. Concurrently, dire efforts and suggestions are made almost on a daily basis to overcome the barriers surrounding the ethical use of SDCs.
One of the biggest obstacle for SDCs to be ethical and acceptable is complex
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Knight talks about Gerdes and Patrick Lin, a professor of philosophy exploring ethical dilemmas related to SDCs, who programmed multiple ethical settings into SDC softwares and probed them through simulations. Knight (2015) further states that many SDCs are already equipped with sensors capable to detect oncoming pedestrians or vehicles and generate warnings. In conjunction, Deng (2015) claims many engineers are now concocting sets of rules into machines to make it more ethical instead of using the machine’s default programming. The work of Jean Francois Bonnefon and company, as “Why” (2015) supports, speculates that public opinion can be a vital approach for the acceptance of SDCs in the society as people can more easily relate to scenarios that affiliate with their views and respond to it. Deng (2015) describes, computer scientist Michael Anderson and philosopher Leigh Anderson used Learning algorithms in their robot Nao to discover the machine extricating knowledge even from complex situations. The same Learning algorithms can be used in SDCs for it to respond efficiently in almost all ethical dilemmas if it has experienced a similar scenario in the

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