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Modelling algorithm-based decision-making of cars


A new study by researchers from the University of Osnabrück (Germany) has caused a lot of attention in the CAD community recently. The team of neuro-scientists studied human decision-making in simulated driving situations. When creating a dilemma-like situation in foggy weather conditions, the participants followed “a rather simple value-of-life-based model that is attributed by the participant to every human, animal, or inanimate object“, as the lead author of the study asserts. Commentators argue that this study is a relevant addition to the ethical discussions surrounding connected and automated driving. Some even go as far as to say that the human decision-making model can now easily be included in the algorithms behind automated driving. Others are more cautious regarding the question, whether cars should be programmed with a moral compass. This complex issue was also addressed recently in a longer report on ethics in automated driving, which the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure commissioned last year.


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