A White Paper Discussing Ethical Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles

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    Autonomous systems (a category which includes AVs) have
    been proposed for use in multiple domains, with examples
    including nuclear containment, defence systems, health and
    transport. In this paper we discuss the ethical landscape
    surrounding the introduction and operation of autonomous
    vehicles as a form of transport on the public road network.
    Use of autonomous vehicles in other domains (e.g. as a
    defence capability or a form of medical transport) is likely to
    impose ethical requirements which go beyond the scope of
    this document, and for which we refer the reader to existing
    The primary focus of this white paper will be on the
    intersection of safety and ethics for AVs. However, we note
    that any recommendations for the ethical introduction and
    operation of AVs should also consider issues such as wealth
    equality, manufacturing practices and environmental impact
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeWhite paper produced for Transport Systems Catapult
    Media of outputWhite paper
    PublisherTransport Systems Catapult
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2017


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