0 Post a comment Thursday, 1 November 2018 - Transport Manx roads are famous the world over as the home of motor sport but could they welcome the testing of self driving cars? If Ramsey MHK Dr Alex Allinson gets his way, then they might do just that.Dr Allinson took to Twitter this week to re-tweet a story about a company in the UK Addison Lee which plans to have self-driving taxis by 2021.In his tweet, Dr Allinson asked his followers: ’Could this be tried out first on the Isle of Man?’The Manx Independent turned that question around and asked Dr Allinson whether he thought it could.He said: ’I think the island could be an excellent testing ground for autonomous vehicles. ’It would need an all-government approach to encourage hopefully electrically powered vehicles. ’We would need to have the right legislation in place to ensure public safety but in the same way as we used to be at the forefront of telecommunications, we could also be at the leading … [Read more...] about Could self-driving cars be tested on island’s roads?
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Motoring by Press Association 25/10/2018, 1:26 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Researchers have revealed who people would save from being killed by an autonomous vehicle – and those they wouldn’t. The web-based moral questionnaire devised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was based on a no-win situation when programming an autonomous car. Should the car swerve away from killing a group of pedestrians only to kill the occupants instead? Should it avoid hitting a mother and baby in favour of a pensioner? Should animals be favoured over criminals? Those were the sort of questions MIT asked with its ethical experiment, dubbed ‘The Moral Machine’. The results from the two million global responses showed not only moral bias, but also whether people considered age, gender, social standing or even fitness level when making their decision. There was a heavy preference towards … [Read more...] about Killer dilemma: Who we’d let a self-driving car hit and who we’d save
People believe driverless cars should spare young people over the elderly, a study has found. Research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published in the journal Nature, found that respondents were most likely to want an autonomous car heading for an inevitable crash to prioritise humans over pets, larger groups of people, and young people. The university's Moral Machine test involved asking millions of respondents across 233 countries what their ethical preferences were. In the exercise, dubbed a "serious game" by researchers, users were shown unavoidable accident simulations and asked to choose the morally preferable outcome by deciding whether the vehicle should swerve or stay on course. It found that the strongest trends were in favour of sparing "humans over animals, sparing more lives, and sparing young lives". "Accordingly, these three preferences may be considered essential building blocks for machine ethics, or at least essential … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars should save young over elderly, poll finds
You may have recently seen that an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in a headline-grabbing event that re-awakened the humanity in all of us. This brings me to some common themes where ethical conundrums come back to the question of responsibility. Who is to blame if AI kills a human? Assuming that the AI is forced to make a decision between one life over another, how does it make that choice? You see, self-driving or autonomous cars are a bit like the Terminator. They utilise a programmatic paradigm called artificial intelligence (AI) and its cohort, machine learning. Hollywood loves to present AI to us as humanoid robots. The reality is that one of our first mainstream tastes of real AI are these occasionally life-threatening self-driving cars. Coding reactions in real-time systems Real-time systems take pride in being deterministic, which simply put means they always react the same way to the same stimulus in the same amount of time. They are wonderfully predictable and not … [Read more...] about Who Is In The Wrong If A Self-Driving Car Kills Someone?
In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, by at least a year to introduce driverless cars to the public. A deal reached in January to buy thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which get kitted out with sensors that can see hundreds of yards in any direction, puts Waymo’s lead into stark relief. No other company is offering for-hire rides yet, let alone preparing to carry passengers in more than one city this year. GM plans to start a ride-hailing service with its Chevrolet Bolt—the one with no steering wheel or pedals, the ultimate goal in autonomous technology—late next year. Most of the others trying solve the last remaining self-driving puzzles are more cautious, targeting 2020 or later.The road to autonomy is long and … [Read more...] about Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?