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Who Should Your Autonomous Car Save

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On May 7, 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot feature enabled was killed in a crash with a tractor trailer in Florida. Tesla posted an announcement about the incident today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot, according to Tesla.

Last week in Science Friday’s Good Thing/Bad Thing segment, Ira talked about autonomous cars with Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine. He’s one of the authors of a recent study in the journal Science about some of the moral issues surrounding the topic of autonomous vehicles, such as how people feel about letting their cars decide who lives or dies in the case of an accident.

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