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Rethinking Driverless Vehicles

Posted by Pete McBreen 10 May 2019 at 13:53

in Nature is suggesting that researchers have made a wrong turn in thinking and writing about Driverless Vehicles

What these academics are not doing is asking the questions that society needs answered to decide what the role of driverless cars will be.

Ashley Nunes suggests

This leads to something many academics overlook: driverless does not mean humanless. My research on the history of technology suggests that such advances might reduce the need for human labour, but it seldom, if ever, eliminates that need entirely. Regulators in the United States and elsewhere have never signed off on the use of algorithms crucial to safety without there being some accompanying human oversight. Rather than rehashing decisions from Philosophy 101, more academics should educate themselves on the history of the technology and the regulatory realities that surround its use.