The Challenges Involving The Ethics And Security Of Autonomous Motor Vehicles

Open Access
Author:
Martin, Chelsea Lauren
Area of Honors:
Information Sciences and Technology
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Steven Raymond Haynes, Thesis Supervisor
  • Steven Raymond Haynes, Honors Advisor
  • Linda K Trevino, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Technology
  • Ethics
  • Robotics
  • Cars
Abstract:
The purpose of my thesis is to highlight the controversy concerning self-driving cars. In particular, I am going to focus on the ethics surrounding autonomous cars and whether or not the benefits outweigh the negatives. If self-driving cars are found to be unethical, do we still create them for the benefits? Can autonomous cars be programmed to make the correct moral decisions? Additionally, there are numerous security issues involving certain car technologies. My rationale for conducting this research and writing this thesis revolves around the fact that this is an extremely relevant topic in today's society considering the prevalence self-driving cars are expected to have. In a world where technology is taking over most aspects of life, it is important to ask the question: just because we can, does it mean we should?