The Ethical Implications Of Autonomous Vehicles

1911 WordsNov 4, 20168 Pages
Autonomous vehicles are going to transform the way we move. In the next 20 years, we will see many autonomous vehicles in operation across the country. The work that is done now has the opportunity to drive a transformation in the relationship between humans and machines. It is important that we consider the ethical implications of having vehicles operate without the control of humans. While some of the benefits are obvious, there may be some drawbacks to self-driving cars, and we must evaluate the consequences having completely autonomous cars. This paper analyzes the consequences, both good and bad, from a utilitarian standpoint to determine if it is morally ethical for cars to be autonomous. Engineers, car manufacturers, and even lawmakers need to consider all of these things now to design the autonomous vehicle of the future. The government is already looking to regulate the automated vehicle industry and make sure that the technology is safe for the public to use. In September of 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) released the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, which provides policies and guidelines for the developing autonomous vehicle technology. The document outlines the different levels of automation using the SAE International (SAE) standards, which provide important distinctions between the different types of automation. At SAE Levels 0, 1, and 2, the human driver monitors the driving environment and performs some or all of the driving
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