Implementable Ethics for Autonomous Vehicles

  • J. Christian Gerdes
  • Sarah M. Thornton


As agents moving through an environment that includes a range of other road users – from pedestrians and cyclists to other human or automated drivers – automated vehicles continuously interact with the humans around them. The nature of these interactions is a result of the programming in the vehicle and the priorities placed there by the programmers. Just as human drivers display a range of driving styles and preferences, automated vehicles represent a broad canvas on which the designers can craft the response to different driving scenarios.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Christian Gerdes
    • 1
  • Sarah M. Thornton
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Automotive Research at StanfordStanford UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Mechanical EngineeringStanford UniversityUSA

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