Department

Computer Science Department

Degree Name

BS in Computer Science

Date

5-2016

Advisor(s)

Clark S. Turner

Abstract/Summary

Google's Self-Driving Car is a revolutionary product that is riddled with ethical conundrums. It is able to accurately scan and drive through densely populated roads without much difficulty. However, there are some situations where the car will likely have to make decisions that affect, maybe even take, the lives of those on the road. Issues such as the Trolley Problem and the Rear-End Dilemma describe situations where there seems to be no single ethical answer as to how the car should act. In order to solve these issues, I propose that a Deontological Ethical System should be implemented because it is predictable, consistent, and easy to implement as an algorithm once the rule set has been decided.

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