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Daily Digest | Moral trade-offs

Written by The Uptake Published on   2 mins read

As autonomous driving technologies evolve, we need to figure out how much collateral damage is acceptable.

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Three people near and dear to me were on the receiving end of a car crash once. The vehicle they were in was slammed into by a driver who was texting at the wheel. Their car was totaled and the three of them were wrecked. The physical injuries were manageable. The marks that were left were more psychological. To this day, one still can’t bring herself to drive regularly.

When autonomous vehicles started to move from science fiction to possible reality a few years ago, I wondered if it could have prevented the situation I described above. There would still be glitches that lead to people getting hurt, but if there are fewer collisions compared with crashes that occur with humans at the wheel, does that mean we should be ok with those mechanical mistakes?

What’s the safety benchmark, if we had to define a collision rate in autonomous vehicles? And how does it work if a class of “traditionalists” refuse to let go of control, while most other vehicles on the road are computationally driven?

Questions like these will need answers soon, because R&D is speeding up. DeepRoute.ai is preparing to put advanced autonomous driving solutions on the road at mass scale; they’ve made a breakthrough that gives their system a low enough price point for auto brands to incorporate their components into vehicles.

Mengyuan unpacked DeepRoute’s developments. You can read her article here.

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