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The Ethics Committee has opened its mouth . . .

https://theconversation.com/at-last-...ess-cars-83227

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Humans before animals and property. No discrimination as to who should survive. Safeguards against malicious hacking.

These are just some of the world-first ethical rules being implemented in Germany regarding how autonomous vehicles are to be programmed.

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The report notes the technological advances being made to increase automation in cars to make them safer and reduce accidents, but it adds:
Nevertheless, at the level of what is technologically possible today [Ö] it will not be possible to prevent accidents completely. This makes it essential that decisions be taken when programming the software of conditionally and highly automated driving systems.
The report lists 20 guidelines for the motor industry to consider in the development of any automated driving systems. The minister says that cabinet has adopted the guidelines, making it the first government in the world to do so.

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The moral foundation of the report is simple Ė since self-driving vehicles will cause fewer human deaths and injuries, there is a moral imperative to use such systems since governments have a duty of care for their citizens.

So what are some of the situations the report considers?

If an accident cannot be avoided, the report say human safety must take precedence over animals and property. The software must try to avoid a collision altogether, but if thatís not possible, it should take the action that does least harm to people.

The report also recognises that some decisions could be too morally ambiguous for the software to resolve.

In these cases, the ultimate decision and responsibility, at least for now, must be with the human sitting in the driverís seat, as control is swiftly transferred to them. If they fail to act, the vehicle simply tries to stop. In the near future, as capability improves, vehicles might well become fully autonomous.


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If a collision is unavoidable, the report say systems must aim for harm minimisation. There must be no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, physical attributes or anything else of any potential accident victim.

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The guidelines will be reviewed after two years of use. Doubtless there will be fine tuning in the light of experience, in this the first of many reviews in the years and decades to come.
IMO, the bottom line is that they really haven't cleared anything up about key issues. At least, it is not clear whether you give greater weight to minimizing injuries to a large group of humans over a fatal injury to an individual (or smaller group).
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they should let the owner of the vehicle decide on whether the software acts to protect the driver or protect others

part of the initial setup when they purchase

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