Study evaluates people’s perception about autonomous vehicles in case of crash | NHVoice

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According to a report in News by Nick Whigham, “Autonomous cars are expected to dramatically reduce road accidents but they won’t be able to eliminate them entirely. There will still be calamities due to weather conditions, mechanical failures or other random uncontrollable forces.”In a situation where an accident will cause imminent peril to either a crowd of people or the driver, which one will the car choose to protect? It’s been described as the “AI minefield” of autonomous cars and scientists tried to grapple with the ethical question in two new articles in the journal Science this week.It’s an age-old ethical question famously posed in the story of the trolley dilemma which grapples with the nuance of utilitarianism — the notion that actions are morally right if they promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. For those unfamiliar with the trolley dilemma a first year ethics course at Harvard University which appears on YouTube is a fascinating insight into the difficulties of deciding whether the car should save the crowd or save the driver in different scenarios.”The researchers say this moral dilemma suggests that attempts to minimize loss of life by legislating for utilitarian algorithms could actually increase casualties by slowing the adoption of lifesaving technology,” according to a news report published by CBS NEWS.”The moral dilemma for AV is something that is brand-new. We’re talking about owning an object, which you interact with every day, knowing that this object might decide to kill you in certain situations,” study co-author Jean-François Bonnefon, a research director at the Toulouse School of Economics in France told reporters in a news briefing yesterday (June 22). “I’m sure you would not buy a coffee maker that’s programmed to explode in your face in some circumstances.”

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