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Proceedings 2017, 1(3), 174; doi:10.3390/IS4SI-2017-04026

The Misconception of Ethical Dilemmas in Self-Driving Cars

School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, 72123 Västerås, Sweden
Department of Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences, 64295 Darmstadt, Germany
Presented at the IS4SI 2017 Summit DIGITALISATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.
Published: 9 June 2017
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Self-driving cars are a transdisciplinary topic and well discussed in public and science. However, ethical dilemmas, such as the trolley problem, seem to dominate those discussions and consequently obfuscate much bigger ethical challenges in the development and operation of self-driving cars. We propose a systematic approach by creating a conceptual ethical model that connects components, systems and stakeholders to pinpoint ethical challenges for self-driving cars. This will help to move away from stagnating discussions over abstract thought experiments and to move forward to address and solve actual ethical challenges.
Keywords: ethics; self-driving car; autonomous car; decision making; trolley problem ethics; self-driving car; autonomous car; decision making; trolley problem
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