University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
TypeWhite paper produced for Transport Systems Catapult
Media of outputWhite paper
PublisherTransport Systems Catapult
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2017


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

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