Essay on The Ethics Of Self Driving Cars

827 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
Our world is changing more and more every day, technology is evolving and we find ourselves being sucked into the newest technology. Picture this, you are sitting around a table in comfortable leather chairs with a few friends drinking cocktails and playing cards. No, you are not at a friend’s house on a Friday night but you are riding in your driverless car heading to the mountains for a weekend away. This is the future of the automobile in the 21st century and it is just around the corner. This paper will discuss the ethical dilemmas created from the use of self-driving cars, by explaining the different ways that a utilitarian and a deontologist would view the situation. It is no secret that technological advancement fascinates society and consumes them with the want of the “now”. Self-drive cars were promised to help with traffic, road safety and reduce population. However, there are other view points on this new age in technology. Self- driving cars brought this sense of safety to the future ensuring that these vehicles would reduce traffic fatalities. The ethics behind this concept arose when they concept of decision making during spontaneous situations that require ethics and not just technology. This problem suggests that a self- driven car would not be able to ethically react to a scenario where a problem such as: someone jumping in front of the vehicle, an animal crossing the road, or any other object that could cause a sever crash. These kinds of problems need…

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