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First driverless cars raise questions on AI

With the taking to the road of driverless cars, artificial intelligence has positioned itself for life and death decisions on the street. Because driverless cars make fewer mistakes than human drivers do they will save many lives in the near future. However this will also lead to more and more situations where artificial intelligence in cars faces a choice between lives.

FullAI feels stakeholders in the field of artificial intelligence should answers a series of ethical questions before autonomous cars become widely spread. Should these cars be programmed to swerve around to avoid hitting a child running across the road, even if that puts their passengers or other traffic at risk? Should policies be in place that prohibit driverless cars to value the car above any kind of damage to the car itself.

Most major car manufacturers started testing driverless cars around 2010. That year four driverless electric cars successfully completed a 100-day journey from Parma to Shanghai. In 2013 the a Mercedes S-Class car with autonomous steering became available on the market. In January 2014 Induct Technology’s Navia shuttlebus became the first self-driving vehicle to be available for commercial sale.

In August 2016 Singapore launched the first self-driving taxi service. The first known fatal accident with autonomous car took place in Williston, Florida on 7 May 2016 while a Tesla Model S engaged in its Autopilot mode. The incident raises questions about the liability in case of accidents.