The ethics of the driverless car
An American commentator has written an interesting piece for the BBC News website and the Radio 4 programme A Point of View, about the ethics of the driverless car.
The piece is by Adam Gopnik, a non-driver who writes for The New Yorker.
In the piece Mr Gopnik says that the “problem” with driverless cars is that “human drivers are engaged every day not just in navigating roads, but also in making ethical decisions as they drive”.
He cites examples such as swerving to avoid an animal, and taking a little more risk to avoid a pet such as a cat or dog than, for example, a rat or squirrel.
He goes on to suggest that “even graver ethical choices regularly arise” such as “a choice between mowing down a couple of bystanders and ploughing into a school bus packed with children”.
Click here to read the full article – there is also a link on this page to listen to ‘A Point of View’ on the iPlayer.