Mercedes Benz will program its self-driving cars to sacrifice pedestrians to save its driver
A senior executive with the luxury car maker made the callous declaration in an interview with Car and Driver.
“If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car,” Mercedes Benz manager of driverless car safety Christoph von Hugo said.
“If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.”
This is not the first controversial moment for the tech and motor industry’s over self-driving cars.
In May, a man was killed when a Tesla crashed while in autopilot mode after failing to register a truck pull out across the road in front of it.
Figures from a US Department of Transport study found 94 percent of US car crashes are the result of human error, Car and Driver reports.
Interestingly, von Hugo believes the self-driving car will be “far better” than the average human driver.
“You could sacrifice the car. You could, but then the people you’ve saved initially, you don’t know what happens to them after that… so you save the ones you know you can save,” he said.
All of Mercedes-Benz’s future Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving cars will be programmed to favour the driver, he added.
the robots are coming for us in many forms! 🙂
what are we actually gaining from having self driving cars?..the case for it with valid reasons why we need them isnt strong..just looks like more control..
“Figures from a US Department of Transport study found 94 percent of US car crashes are the result of human error, Car and Driver reports.”
well duh?..maybe use speed restrictors instead of allowing cars to go to 200kmh and include breath testing monitors before ignition..