Driverless cars can eliminate human error and save millions of lives. Just look at how crash-prone human drivers are, says Jake Pelini of The Atlantic, adding that 94% of crashes due to driver error or impairment in the US. According to Pelini, almost half of all crashes could be prevented if distractions were eliminated. He also asserts that humans are inherently flawed and that our perceptions can be naturally warped by distractions or getting angry. He adds that humans don’t accept their issues and are overconfident in their driving abilities. These factors result in millions of Americans being killed on the road annually.
The Guardian editorial board doesn’t dispute driverless cars’ practical use, but focuses instead on the issue of ethics in AI controlling a deadly vehicle. They raise a multitude of concerns ranging from killing the taxi industry to people hacking into the cars. There are too many ethical and moral questions that need to be addressed before self-driving cars can be relied upon. How would AI decide between running over either of two people? What variables would it use to make such a split-second decision? The Guardian asks these and more questions while advising caution before society embraces driverless cars.