Mercedes has announced their stance on the "Trolley Problem" sparking debate on self-driving cars

Date: 25 OCT 2016posted by Car Rentaledited by WinX

The "Trolley Problem" and in its many various forms is an ethical conundrum based on an out of control trolley. The decision maker has to decide one of two routes for the trolley to take, each being a sacrifice to save the person(s) on the other route. A very common version is there are five adults on one route and a pregnant woman on the other. This "Trolley Problem" was posed by Philippa Foot in 1967, and there is no absolute right or wrong answer. But the relevance to today's issues of autonomous vehicles is when the vehicle is faced with the choice of killing their owners or someone else, who should be the one to die? Mercedes has answered that for their own cars, the owner will always be saved in every instance and the bystander will always be sacrificed. Their explanation - "If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car." This makes a lot of sense. And in the scenario if Mercedes does choose to go with save the bystander, what kind of car owner would buy property that is designed to periodically murder them in a normal functional outcome.

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