Autonomous Vehicle Ethics: The Trolley Problem and Beyond

Autonomous Vehicle Ethics: The Trolley Problem and Beyond

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Author/Contributor(s): Jenkins, Ryan ; Cerny, David ; Hribek, Tomas
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Date: 09/20/2022
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: NEW
A runaway trolley is speeding down a track So begins what is perhaps the most fecund thought experiment of the past several decades since its invention by Philippa Foot. Since then, moral philosophers have applied the trolley problem as a thought experiment to study many different ethical
conflicts - and chief among them is the programming of autonomous vehicles. Nowadays, however, very few philosophers accept that the trolley problem is a perfect analogy for driverless cars or that the situations autonomous vehicles face will resemble the forced choice of the unlucky bystander in
the original thought experiment.

This book represents a substantial and purposeful effort to move the academic discussion beyond the trolley problem to the broader ethical, legal, and social implications that autonomous vehicles present. There are still urgent questions waiting to be addressed, for example: how AVs might interact
with human drivers in mixed or hybrid traffic environments; how AVs might reshape our urban landscapes; what unique security or privacy concerns are raised by AVs as connected devices in the Internet of Things; how the benefits and burdens of this new technology, including mobility, traffic
congestion, and pollution, will be distributed throughout society; and more.

An attempt to map the landscape of these next-generation questions and to suggest preliminary answers, this volume draws on the disciplines of philosophy, sociology, economics, urban planning and transportation engineering, business ethics and more, and represents a global range of perspectives.