Responsibility for Crashes of Autonomous Vehicles: An Ethical Analysis

TitleResponsibility for Crashes of Autonomous Vehicles: An Ethical Analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHevelke, A, Nida-Rümelin, J
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsAUTONOMOUS , BAYERISCHE , duty , ethical , ethics , FULLY , Google , liability , Moral , RESPONSIBILITY , Self-driving , TRAFFIC
AbstractA number of companies including Google and BMW are currently working on the development of autonomous cars. But if fully autonomous cars are going to drive on our roads, it must be decided who is to be held responsible in case of accidents.  The first question discussed is whether we should try to design the tort liability for car manufacturers in a way that will help along the development and improvement of autonomous vehicles. In particular, Patrick Lin's concern that any security gain derived from the introduction of autonomous cars would constitute a trade-off in human lives will be addressed. The second question is whether it would be morally permissible to impose liability on the user based on a duty to pay attention to the road and traffic and to intervene when necessary to avoid accidents. 
NotesHevelke, Alexander 1; Email Address: Nida-Rümelin, Julian 1; Affiliation: 1: Lehrstuhl für Philosophie IV, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1 80539 Munich Germany; Source Info: Jun2015, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p619; Subject Term: AUTONOMOUS vehicles; Subject Term: FULLY autonomous automobile driving; Subject Term: TRAFFIC accidents; Author-Supplied Keyword: Autonomous car; Author-Supplied Keyword: Duty to intervene; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethical; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Liability; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsibility; Author-Supplied Keyword: Self-driving car; Company/Entity: GOOGLE Inc. Ticker: GOOG Company/Entity: BAYERISCHE Motoren Werke AG Ticker: ; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article