Amar Kumar Moolayil, ‘The Modern Trolley Problem: Ethical and Economically-Sound Liability Schemes for Autonomous Vehicles’

Abstract
The paper synthesizes modern scholarship in the fields of Artificial Intelligence law, Ethics, Corporate Liability, and Economics to develop potential liability schemes that the automotive and insurance industries may impose when autonomous vehicles eventually come to dominate the roadways. By addressing the issues of whom the autonomous vehicle’s AI protects and who bears liability in the event of an accident – two issues that this author believes are critical to the successful adoption of autonomous vehicle technology – the transition from human drivers to AI drivers will be less contentious. Because of the prescient nature of the topic, as well as a discussion of the intersectionality of Law, Technology, Philosophy, and Economics, this paper will appeal to a broad readership, especially those interested in autonomous vehicle technology and the implications that their wide-spread use will have on the law.

Amar Kumar Moolayil, The Modern Trolley Problem: Ethical and Economically-Sound Liability Schemes for Autonomous Vehicles, 9 Case Western Reserve Journal of Law Technology and the Internet 1 (5th) (2018).

First posted 2018-05-19 06:33:47

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