Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity’s future. Today, we’re trying to find the latest consensus on law and ethics of self-driving cars hitting pedestrians.
The NHTSA released the alarming traffic fatality figures for the first nine months of 2015, and it wasn’t good—traffic fatalities increased over 2014's figures by 9.3 percent. Why did it shoot up so fast?
Just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, five men were killed in a brutal crash in Ontario, Cal. The local ABC affiliate noted that a 2005 Nissan Sentra ran a red light, "lost control and hit a wall along the west side of Haven Avenue, coming to rest in the rear yard of a house."
There are many levels of heartlessness. They're difficult to define. Kind of a know-it-when-you-see-it type thing.