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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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversityUSA

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