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Autonomous Mercedes will spare occupants over pedestrians

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  • Ever since autonomous cars became a real thing, people have struggled with the moral dilemma of training these vehicles on what to do when faced with a situation where there is no safe solution.
  • In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph von Hugo revealed that their self-driving cars would choose to save the occupants – even if that meant hitting a pedestrian.One common no-win scenario involves a car is making its way down the street when suddenly a pedestrian steps out in…
  • Its Moral Machine presents you with scenarios involving different types of pedestrians – forcing you to choose who to hit, or whether or not the occupants of the car should be given priority.In MIT’s scenarios, you make some tough decisions.
  • If pedestrians and occupants are of the same demographic, who should the car spare?Google has been tackling these questions and more with its own autonomous system – recently teaching it to be considerate to different types of wheeled traffic in addition to pedestrians.
  • For them, at least, purchasing a level 4 or 5 autonomous vehicle from Mercedes-Benz will become a moral choice.Still, there are many drivers out there that would expect the vehicle to put their lives ahead of anyone else’s.

Ever since autonomous cars became a real thing, people have struggled with the moral dilemma of training these vehicles on what to do when faced with a situation where there is no safe solution. In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph von Hugo revealed that their self-driving cars would choose to save the occupants – even if that meant hitting a pedestrian.

Ever since autonomous cars became a real thing, people have struggled with the moral dilemma of training these vehicles on what to do when faced with a situation where there is no safe solution. In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph von Hugo revealed that their self-driving cars would choose to save the occupants – even if that meant hitting a pedestrian.

One common no-win scenario involves a car is making its way down the street when suddenly a pedestrian steps out in front of it. The vehicle can’t possibly brake in time, but swerving would mean either hitting another pedestrian or a pole which would certainly be catastrophic for to the vehicle’s occupants. The moral dilemma here is clear. Whose life is more important?

The folks at MIT have created a test you can take to help determine how morality can be built in to autonomous vehicles in times like these. Its Moral Machine presents you with scenarios involving different types of pedestrians – forcing you to choose who to hit, or whether or not the occupants of the car should be given priority.

In MIT’s scenarios, you make some tough decisions. Should you hit the group of three young females or five elderly females? Are dogs as important as humans? If pedestrians and occupants are of the same demographic, who should the car spare?

Google has been tackling these questions and more with its own autonomous system – recently teaching it…

Autonomous Mercedes will spare occupants over pedestrians

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