On March 19, 2018 a self-driving Uber car-for-hire struck and killed a pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, in Tempe, Arizona. This was not the first trouble Uber has had with its self-driving cars, nor was it the first fatal crash involving a self-driving car (for example).
Philosophers have been taking up questions regarding the ethics of autonomous vehicles in various contexts for some time now. Last week’s crash gave the topic some added visibility, and several philosophers published work in popular venues on the subject.
- “How Self-Driving Car Policy Will Determine Life, Death and Everything In-Between” by Brett M. Frischmann (Villanova) and Evan Selinger (RIT)
- “Driverless cars raise so many ethical questions. Here are just a few of them.” by Lawrence Hinman (University of San Diego)
- “What the Fatal Uber Crash Doesn’t Tell Us About Self-Driving Cars” by Jesse Kirkpatrick (George Mason) and Ryan Jenkins (Cal Poly)
- “Who’s at Fault in Uber’s Fatal Collision?” by Patrick Lin (Cal Poly)
If you know of other work by philosophers related to the Uber crash, please share it in the comments. Thanks.
(Thanks to Patrick Lin for the pointers.)