Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are no longer mere creatures of science fiction. Tech companies are investing billions of dollars to make AVs a reality. Although self-driving cars are a ways down the road, their impending arrival provokes a host of moral dilemmas and ethical concerns.Read More: Police could take over your self-driving car
Among these ethical considerations, is the question of which public infrastructures and public safety officers would be allowed to override AVs. For example, controls could be put into place that leave lanes open for emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire trucks.
Stricter controls could be put into place to address crime. High speed car chases would come to a screeching halt. Drivers who refuse to pull over could be forced over through outside controls.