Should Google Be Your Designated Driver

TitleShould Google Be Your Designated Driver
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published09/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsCOMPUTER science , ENGINEERING , Product and Consumer Safety , Public Policy , public safety
AbstractCompanies like Google, Toyota, Nissan and others have been pioneering autonomous cars, or cars that drive themselves. The technology is becoming more feasible, and with big tech start-ups behind it, it only promises to get better and safer in the future. Tests currently being run by autonomous car makers suggest that they may be considerably better at keeping up with traffic and avoiding accidents than human drivers. This leads to an interesting question. If autonomous cars get to the point where they are objectively safer than human drivers, should regular people be allowed to drive at all anymore?
NotesCase from the 2013 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
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