Autonomous cars pose ‘ethical dilemma’ on safety of passengers and pedestrians

Published: June 28, 2016 

Driverless cars have invaded the whole structure of how normal cars are perceived. Recent developments make it evident that the cars will arrive sooner or later and consumers are still divided on how they want their autonomous cars to behave. Science released a study of 2,000 U.S. residents, where the participants responded that they think self-driving cars should sacrifice the passengers inside the vehicle for the greater good during an emergency.


Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles are still far from developing this type of technology but they must carefully examine these questions in order to convince the public to buy and ride in these vehicles. Among different confusions about these cars, if the cars can’t protect passengers in the first place, then people likely won’t ride in them.

In order to get self-driving cars on road, there are several ethical dilemmas that manufacturers have to go through and will have to deal with several issues and roadblocks in order to get the vehicles on the road. This could slow purchases of self-driving cars even though these vehicles should significantly improve road safety.

Last year, 90 percent of accidents in the United States were caused by human error and that’s why it is being argued that driverless cars are safer because they take human error out of driving. However, even with less collisions, tough choices are to be made when they happen. (via Business Insider)


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