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The Safety of Autonomous Vehicles: Lessons from Philosophy of Science (March 2018)


Hicks, Daniel J. (Author)

IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Volume: 37
Issue: 1
Pages: 62-69

Publication Date: March 2018
Edition Details: Special Issue on Social Implicaitons of Robotics and AI
Language: English

The safety argument is perhaps the most widely cited argument in favor of the rapid development and widespread adoption of automated vehicles (AVs). Versions of this argument promote the development and use of AVs on the grounds that these vehicles will have much lower crash, injury, or fatality rates than human drivers. (Throughout this essay, I assume that AVs are designed to respond to malfunctions and hazards without human intervention, corresponding to level 4 or 5 automation.) For example, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, announced in September 2016, gives the safety argument as its first, and most well-developed, argument in support of AVs.

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Authors & Contributors
Leonardi, Paul M.
Gangloff, Amy Beth
Tomes, Nancy
George Martin
Alice Milor
Noah Goodall
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
MIT Press
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Autonomous vehicles
Land transportation
Technology and society
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
United States
European Union

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