A Huge Global Study On Driverless Car Ethics Found The Elderly Are Expendable

On: 26. März 2018
In: Automotive, HRI, Traffic Psychology
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In 2016 researchers at the MIT Media Lab launched Moral Machine, a game of ethics which presents players with the kind of road choices which driverless vehicles will soon have to make. Should a driverless car swerve to save a pedestrian crossing the road illegally, while sacrificing its own passengers? Or should an autonomous car sacrifice its passengers to save a pedestrian? These life and death decisions are crucial, especially as they will soon be left to machines. Over the last year, 4 million people took part by answering ethical questions in Moral Machine’s many scenarios – which include different combinations of genders, ages, and even other species like cats and dogs, crossing the road. On Sunday, the day before the first pedestrian fatality by an autonomous car in America, MIT’s Professor Iyad Rahwan revealed the first results of the Moral Machine study at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.
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