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The trolley problem is not relevant to driving autonomous or not.



Human drivers do have to make split second ethical decisions though: You're driving down a country road and a small animal jumps out in front of you. Do you hit the animal, or do you swerve into the ditch? Hitting the animal would kill it, but not harm you. Swerving into the ditch might harm you.

There is no right answer to that question, because I didn't specify what the animal is. Whether the animal is a baby deer or a human child will influence your choice. This isn't contrived. When I hit a deer, I made a choice to stay on the road. Had it been a child, I would have swerved, endangering myself in the process.




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