Friday June 24, 2016

Should Autonomous Vehicles Kill Pedestrians Or Passengers?

It looks as though most people believe that it is okay to sacrifice passengers lives in order to save pedestrian lives...but only if they aren't in the car. I find it odd that the graphic below doesn't feature a "Mustang option" where the autonomous car just plows into the crowd. wink

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When it becomes possible to program decision-making based on moral principles into machines, will self-interest or the public good predominate? In a series of surveys, Bonnefon et al. found that even though participants approve of autonomous vehicles that might sacrifice passengers to save others, respondents would prefer not to ride in such vehicles (see the Perspective by Greene). Respondents would also not approve regulations mandating self-sacrifice, and such regulations would make them less willing to buy an autonomous vehicle.