Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ethics to Pose Difficult Challenge for Self-Driving, Audi Executive Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ethics to Pose Difficult Challenge for Self-Driving, Audi Executive Says

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Ethics a big issue for self-driving: Audi

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TORONTO - It's the ethical decisions made behind the wheel -- and not technological hurdles -- that will pose one of the most difficult challenges to automakers assembling self-driving cars, a senior Audi executive said Friday.

Markus Auerbach, who heads up the Audi Innovation Research office in San Francisco, said developing self-driving technology is only one component of the shift towards autonomous driving.

The bigger challenge will be the ethical decisions that robots will have to make while driving, Auerbach said.

He cited the following example: an autonomous vehicle that can't avoid a collision could be forced to choose between hitting a child who is crossing the street and an elderly woman on a bike. …

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