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Driverless cars: Who should die in a crash?

Driverless cars: Who should die in a crash?

Technology
If forced to choose, who should a self-driving car kill in an unavoidable crash?Should the passengers in the vehicle be sacrificed to save pedestrians? Or should a pedestrian be killed to save a family of four in the vehicle?To get closer to an answer - if that were ever possible - researchers from the MIT Media Lab have analysed more than 40 million responses to an experiment they launched in 2014.Their Moral Machine has revealed how attitudes differ across the world.How did the experiment work?Weighing up whom a self-driving car should kill is a modern twist on an old ethical dilemma known as the trolley problem.The idea was explored in an episode of the NBC series The Good Place, in which ethics professor Chidi is put in control of a runaway tram. ...
Driverless car makers face jail if AI causes harm

Driverless car makers face jail if AI causes harm

Technology
Makers of driverless vehicles and other artificial intelligence systems could face jail and multi-million pound fines if their creations harm workers, according to the Department of Work and Pensions. Responding to a written parliamentary question, government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe confirmed that existing health and safety law "applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software".This clarifies one aspect of the law around AI, a subject of considerable debate in academic, legal and governmental circles.Under the Health and Safety Act of 1974, directors found guilty of "consent or connivance" or neglect can face up to two years in prison.This provision of the Health and Safety Act is "hard to prosecute," said Michael Appleby, a health and safety lawyer a...
Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

Business
Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $ 500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars.The firm said this would involve the "mass-production" of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber's ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in the competitive driverless car market.The deal also values Uber at some $ 72bn, despite its mounting losses.That is up 15% since its last investment in May but matches a previous valuation in February.According to a press release issued by the firms, self-driving technology from each company will be integrated into purpose-built Toyota vehicles. Uber halts self-driving tests after death Uber settles with Waymo on self-driving The...
Kroger begins testing driverless grocery deliveries

Kroger begins testing driverless grocery deliveries

Technology
At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its Fry's supermarkets in Scottsdale. A store clerk loaded the back seat with full grocery bags. Meanwhile, a person in the driver's seat to monitor the car's performance. Under the self-driving service, shoppers can order same-day or next-day delivery online or on a mobile app for a flat rate of about $ 6. After the order is placed, a driverless vehicle will deliver the groceries curbside, requiring customers to be present to fetch them. The vehicles will probably be opened with a nu...
Correction: Driverless Cars-California story

Correction: Driverless Cars-California story

Technology
In a story Feb. 26 about driverless car testing in California, The Associated Press reported erroneously on manufacturers' requirements for permits and the date for permitting applications. Manufacturers can apply for permits starting March 2, not April 2. And manufacturers must provide a plan for working with local law enforcement, not permission from law enforcement for routes and testing. A corrected version of the story is below: California OKs autonomous car testing without backup driversDriverless cars will be tested on California roads for the first time without a human being behind a steering wheel, under new rules that put the pedal to the metal for the fast-developing technology CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Driverless cars will be tested in California fo