Given that the creation and deployment of autonomous vehicles is likely to continue, it is important to explore the ethical responsibilities of designers, manufacturers, operators, and regulators of the technology. We specifically focus on the ethical responsibilities surrounding autonomous vehicles that these stakeholders have to protect the safety of non-occupants, meaning individuals who are around the vehicles while they are operating. The term “non-occupants” includes, but is not limited to, pedestrians and cyclists. We are particularly interested in how to assign moral responsibility for the safety of non-occupants when autonomous vehicles are deployed in a complex, land-based transportation system.
Borenstein, J., Herkert, J., & Miller, K. (2020). Autonomous Vehicles and the Ethical Tension Between Occupant and Non-Occupant Safety. Journal of Sociotechnical Critique, 1(1), 1-14. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.25779/5g55-hw09