Fast Company’s CoExist reports that Mercedes has decided that their self-driving cars will sacrifice pedestrians to save drivers.
Mercedes Benz’s manager of driverless car safety, Christoph von Hugo, has said, “There are situations that today’s driver can’t handle, that . . . we can’t prevent today and automated vehicles can’t prevent, either. The self-driving car will just be far better than the average human driver.”
Regardless of whether driverless cars improve safety on the road, this kind of thinking perpetuates the idea that collisions that injure or kill pedestrians are uncontrollable. In fact, we already have ways to make the environment safer and more inviting for people walking–by making sure the infrastructure of our roads limits automobile speeds and provides safe areas for crossing.