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Ricardus
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Originally posted by lilBuddha:
An all driverless world is possible now.* If money were no object, that is. AI does not need to be more advanced. For it to be safe it does. But the costs and logistics are crazy. Individual self-driving cars are not the answer. Ones that can be regulated by a central control are. But we are talking major expenditure for such systems.

I don't necessarily disagree, but NP was talking about the ethical implications if it was possible. He was saying that a driverless car should be programmed to favour the lives of other road users over its own occupants, and a few other posters were saying that a driverless car should be programmed to avoid putting itself in a position where it had to make such a choice in the first place.

But this can only be a real-world ethical problem if technology advances to the point that driverless cars are really driverless - their occupants are just passengers and there's no qualified driver poised to seize control at a moment's notice. It's an ethical problem only if the AI constraints you mention have been overcome. If they haven't (either because they're insuperable or for reasons of cost), then the car's programmers would not be the only agents making a moral choice in that circumstance.

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This came up today: Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death, $1,000 for drivers who don't yield properly to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections and school zones.

The current fine for distracted driving is $490 to $1000 for a first offence, with the change, the first offence would also gets a three-day licence suspension. Penalties would rise with each subsequent conviction for distracted driving. For a 3rd offence, the maximum fine would be $3,000, with a 30-day licence suspension.

Sounds like a plan.

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Please stop using the "infotainment" screen in your car. Particularly stop using navigation, texting with it or watching thr back seat passengers. Because some functions take 40 seconds and you are a Bad Driver when you do.
In-vehicle technology creates dangerous distractions for drivers.

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I've been driving shared cars recently and the rear-view camera drives me BONKERS. It may have even contributed to a fender-rubber I had a couple of weeks ago. [Hot and Hormonal]

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Well, a lorry (truck) ran into the back of us last Friday. Fortunately, the driver had just delivered his 20 ton load of stones and gravel. He clearly wasn't looking where he was going but fortunately wasn't going very fast.

He was pretty shaken up and very apologetic. Fortunately, no-one was hurt. His boss was fine and they're sorting out the damage on the insurance. It could have been a lot worse.

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