What's your approach to the trolley problem (and how self-driving cars react to this problem)?

What's your approach to the trolley problem (and how self-driving  cars react  to this problem)?
The trolley problem is one of the most controversial thought experiments in ethics. Here's an example:

You are driving a car in fast speeds. You then see pedestrians crossing the street. The pedestrians can't walk fast enough to avoid a collision, so only you can avoid it by swerving. The problem is, you can only swerve to one of two sidewalks. Unfortunately, there is a person in each sidewalk so that you cannot avoid hitting anyone. What do you do? Do you swerve, sacrificing one of the people on the sidewalk, or do nothing and let the person in the sidewalk die?

This is a pretty big problem especially in self-driving cars, which are forced to make a decision every time they encounter a situation similar to the one above.

If you were the one involved in the situation, what would you do? Do you think self-driving cars should also make the same decisions as yours?


Why can't you break and let those passing pass by? Then you drive on. You will have saved all of them. There is no damage done
Posted by stbrians on 11-30-2018
I think you are not allowed to drive fast on areas with pedestrian lanes. Before you could get to the zone, you'll see a warning sign so you'll know beforehand that there are people crossing the street. This way you could avoid hitting any of them by driving slow or hitting the break then drive after everyone else already passed by.
Posted by gutzman on 11-30-2018
I agree@stbrains you should not be driving that fast. You should not be driving at a speed where you cannot stop especially if you are in an area where they are many passengers. If you are in this situation you should be able to stop and save the lifes of all the pedestrian and yourself. I think that if we are to have safe self driving cars we should make sure that they have instant stopping mechanisms, better than cars that are not self-driving otherwise its no use having them. They should be able to instantly stop at any speed.
Posted by jaymish on 12-04-2018
Self driving car has always an option without harming any of that, all you have to do is to control the way you drive. You should not drive fast especially on the comung intersections it is one of the rules. Another thing, all cars are build with brake, then why you need to continue to drive if you think you can harm anybody? why you didn't choose to make a brake which is safest. Drive accordingling and know how to control.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-09-2018
Just always drive at a moderate speed, not too fast but not too slow either to avoid accidents. Just always keep your hands on the hand break. You cannot control people. It's the driver's responsibility to be careful because if you hit somebody even if it's not really your fault, you will still take the blame. That's the reality.
Posted by jessie271 on 12-14-2018