Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Ethical View of Self-Driving Automobiles

Author(s): Yasir Javed, Shafiqul Hassan, Shabir Hussain Khahro, Tauha Hussain Ali

The current era is also classified as automation era of the information age where most of the daily life activities are becoming self-done. Robotics, 4G+, 5G and IoT are one of the major reasons for this transformation. One of modern era transformation technology is self-driving cars that classify as a driver-lesser car; they can be self-controlled and driven over busy highways such as Google car or Tesla. These automated cars have also raised numerous ethical questions such as the decision to do the crash or hit someone. Another question is whether it is ethical to produce or use self-driving cars? This research aims to find the answer to this question by conducting a survey among various countries and through both genders. Analysis of results has been conducted using two principles of ethics which are: Kantianism first formulation and Act utilitarianism. It is the observer that the majority of people want to buy selfdriving cars yet they are aware of the issues that may arise while using automated cars. It is also observed that most of the users consider driver life is important and people will be reluctant to buy a car that might pose a threat to them.

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