No wheel but a dial: why and how passengers in self-driving cars should decide how their car drives

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Abstract

Much of the debate on the ethics of self-driving cars has revolved around trolley scenarios. This paper instead takes up the political or institutional question of who should decide how a self-driving car drives. Specifically, this paper is on the question of whether and why passengers should be able to control how their car drives. The paper reviews existing arguments—those for passenger ethics settings and for mandatory ethics settings respectively—and argues that they fail. Although the arguments are not successful, they serve as the basis to formulate desiderata that any approach to regulating the driving behavior of self-driving cars ought to fulfill. The paper then proposes one way of designing passenger ethics settings that meets these desiderata.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number45
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Applied ethics
  • Autonomy
  • Ethics of technology
  • Self-driving cars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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