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Germany Takes an Ethics Stance on Driverless Cars

August 24, 2017

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The idea of autonomous cars has always raised a big question: in the event of a serious crash that involves life-and-death decisions, what should the vehicle do? Clearly, it’s possible to program cars to do as humans desire, but there isn’t necessarily a clear course of action to take in every situation.

That, however, hasn’t stopped German regulators from taking a stance on the issue. Reuters reports that autonomous-car software must be “programmed to avoid injury or death of people at all cost.”

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