Can Self-Driving Cars Be Engineered to Be Ethical?

21 March, 2018

This week, a self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in the American state of Arizona. The death is believed to be the first involving a fully autonomous car on U.S. public roads.

The vehicle was operating in self-driving mode when it hit a 49-year-old woman crossing the street near the city of Phoenix. Police say Elaine Herzberg was walking with her bicycle outside the road's crosswalk when she was struck. The Volvo SUV – belonging to the ride-sharing company Uber – was traveling at about 65 kilometers an hour. A driver was sitting in the vehicle's seat even though the car was set to drive itself.