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Why Ethics Matters for Autonomous Cars

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If motor vehicles are to be truly autonomous and able to operate responsibly on our roads, they will need to replicate – or do better than – the human decision-making process. But some decisions are more than just a mechanical application of traffic laws and plotting a safe path. They seem to require a sense of ethics, and this is a notoriously difficult capability to reduce into algorithms for a computer to follow.


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Lin, P. (2015). Why Ethics Matters for Autonomous Cars. In: Maurer, M., Gerdes, J., Lenz, B., Winner, H. (eds) Autonomes Fahren. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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