Ethical Issues In Self-Driving Cars

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Self-driving cars is an emerging technology that will soon take over the automotive industry. After doing some research there are six levels of driving automation ranging from no automation to full automation. With current technology such as the electric vehicle Tesla they achieve a level two automation (Wikipedia). There is much more development needed before cars can drive themselves at level five automation. Before this occurs we have to decide how "ethical" these cars should be. There could be cases where the car not the driver has to decide who to save the passengers or the pedestrians crossing the street. Not only do you have to consider the "right" choice but also line up with the customer who bought the car. In some surveys customers preferred saving passengers before saving a child going after a ball. So this is an ethical debate that can be discussed using the fractious problem solving process. Here are the facts: as of September 2017 the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) released federal guidelines for automated driving systems. It sets standards for levels three to five of…show more content…
We all have seen the movies that show AI eliminating the human race, and many people still have these fears. According to the article about neural networks, it states that many things even a few pixels can change what the software sees. The software thought the turtle model was a rifle in any orientation. Also in the Tesla crash it stated the network thought the white trailer was the sky. Not only do you have to worry about the mistakes that these networks make, you also have to worry about people trying to hack it for ill gains. As the level of technology increases so does the connectivity and eventually the ability to steal or misuse information. So manufacturers have to be ahead of hackers at all times because one data breach could impact thousands of

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