Technology, Self Driving Cars Essay

825 Words Dec 9th, 2015 4 Pages
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 decision making. The “trolley problem” scenario, Patrick Lin (2015) explains as making an intricate decision in a situation where it is unavoidable to harm someone, is an example of the ethical complexities that SDCs will have to encounter. Furthermore, Will Knight (2015) quotes Chris Gerdes, an experimentalist on software and hardware for automated driving, who gives an example of a complex scenario where an SDC has to make a split-second decision between a hitting a child or deviating onto an approaching van. There are many other strenuous scenarios where choices have to be made between harming an adult or a child (Boer Deng, 2015; “Why self-driving cars," 2015). Ethically, in cases where harm is inevitable, the priority should be to…

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