German Answer To Car Ethics Problem: Human Life First

News. Driverless cars should prioritize the protection of human life over the destruction of animals or property. Such are a set of new guidelines from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure after a panel of experts have scrutinized self-driving technology, according to The Register.

Among the proposed rules are:

  • The protection of human life always has top priority over animals and property
  • If an accident is unavoidable, the self-driving ride must not make any choices over who to save. No decisions should be made on age, sex, race, disabilities, and so on; all human lives matter.
  • A surveillance system should be in place – such as a black box – that records the steps leading to an accident, so that it’s obvious who was driving at the time and who is therefore at fault: the human behind the wheel, or the computer.
  • Drivers should have full control over what personal information is collected from their vehicles.

 

 

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