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When driverless cars hit market, blame for accidents may shift to industry

Who will pay for the damages is a central question being debated

Published Sun, Feb 26, 2017 · 09:50 PM
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IF anything about driverless cars can be considered an old riddle it is this one: the car is driving itself down a residential street when a woman pushing a baby stroller suddenly enters a crosswalk. Unable to stop, should the car's computer opt to hit mother and child, or veer off to strike a tree, almost certainly killing its passengers?

That macabre scenario has been fodder for ethicists almost since the prospect that cars might drive themselves …

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