Would Your Driverless Car Kill You?

Posted on December 11, 2015

Driverless cars will be programmed to avoid collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles. They will also be programmed to protect the safety of their passengers. What happens in an emergency when these two aims come into conflict?

Google, which operates most of the driverless cars being street-tested in California, prefers that the DMV not insist on specific functional safety standards. Instead, Google proposes that manufacturers “self-certify” the safety of their vehicles, with substantial freedom to develop collision-avoidance algorithms as they see fit.

Chicago Tribune article here

Related Topics: accident reduction, accidents, autonomous vehicles, business ethics, driverless cars, fatalities, self-driving vehicles

Comments ( 2 )
  • anthony

     | about 5 years ago

    Airbus 350 computer aborted flight on take off.... so if a smart car is on the highway and begins to brake because of traffic or accident ahead, someone behind that vehicle could crash into them if they are not paying attention... so yes, your smart vehicle could kill you by being safe in this situation :)

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