Why Trolley Problems Matter for the Ethics of Automated Vehicles

Geoff Keeling*

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Abstract

This paper argues against the view that trolley cases are of little or no relevance to the ethics of automated vehicles. Four arguments for this view are outlined and rejected: the Not Going to Happen Argument, the Moral Diference Argument, the Impossible Deliberation Argument and the Wrong Question Argument. In making clear where these arguments go wrong, a positive account is developed of how trolley cases can inform the ethics of automated vehicles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages15
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Automated vehicles
  • Ethics of risk
  • Trolley problems
  • Ethics of harm

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