The Ethical Problem With Self-Driving Cars; And It's A BIG One

February 17, 2016Feb 17, 2016

Imagine in the near future that you're cruising down a busy highway in your self-driving car when the heavy load on the flatbed truck in front of you comes loose and flies at you. There's no time to stop or even slow down significantly. Will your self-driving car swerve to the left and hit an SUV with multiple passengers, will it swerve to the right and hit a motorcyclist, or will it plow into the loose load and sacrifice you for the greater good? This is one of a couple ethical dilemmas a short, simple animation by Ted-Ed illustrates as we cruise into a future of self-driving vehicles.