Between driverless cars, autonomous weapons and AI-powered medical diagnostic tools, it seems there will be no shortage of ethically-complex situations involving AI in the future.
As self-driving cars increase in popularity, the question of legal liability remains. The driver, automobile manufacturer and software designers all have a role to play.
Despite what Elon Musk says, there are numerous challenges to overcome in creating completely self-driving cars that work in the real world.
Driverless cars create an opportunity for more inclusive design – so why aren’t more companies using it?
Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.
Driverless vehicles rely heavily on sensors to navigate the world. They’re vulnerable to attack if bad actors trick them into ‘seeing’ things that aren’t there, potentially leading to deadly crashes.
After Theresa May passed the buck, her successor has put pragmatism first.
The sweeping introduction of driverless cars could see more vehicles on the road, driving longer distances. But smart planning could solve some of transit-associated environmental and social problems.
Self-driving vehicles that constantly roam the streets looking for passengers could overwhelm cities. But, if kept in check, these vehicles could be useful for improving urban transport.
Uber’s London licence has been a political football for several years, but that’s not really the point.
A whole range of social and technological changes could revolutionise how we travel in the coming decades.
Scenarios based on a survey of Adelaide commuters and analyses of traffic flows show it’s possible the congestion could get worse in the transition to driverless vehicles.
Planes, trains and automobiles produced a step-change in the speed of travel – driverless and electric cars simply cannot deliver such radical improvements.
Could Knight Rider’s KITT finally be on the horizon?
Self-driving cars may someday drop off their owners downtown and then leave to find free parking. What would that mean for cities of the future?
Academic experts on how the humble car could evolve to become an unlikely hero in the global fight against climate change.
When computers take the wheel, the emotive aspect of driving will change significantly.
Driverless cars will form a fast, efficient transport network, which will make car ownership redundant. But they could also spell the end of public transport.
The real ethical challenge of driverless cars is not deciding how they respond in emergencies – it’s facing up to the failings of human drivers.
How will people respond once they realise they can rely on autonomous vehicles to stop whenever someone steps out in front of them? Human behaviour might stand in the way of the promised ‘autopia’.