ChristianAB wrote:May I respectfully reject the notion that "everyone life's is worth the same" ? It's an appealing theoretical notion but in practice, I fail to see how I would ever not preferentially value my life and the lives of my close relatives (in the heat of the moment or not, tbh). And I suspect this is generally true.
Interestingly, in 'Mind driving', there is some emphasis on 'Values and beliefs', which makes me think: go try to tell a mother that her new-born life is worth the same as mine or yours and see whether that fits with her 'values and beliefs'. Even as a society we don't do it: when the Titanic sank, it was "children and women first in the lifeboats".
Well yes, people have their own ideas about the right thing to do. I don't like being told to consider driving differently based on the imagined occupants of a vehicle that's all.
It's going to be interesting when the autonomous vehicle has to make the decision between driving you head on into an artic, or into a queue at a bus stop.
Re the Titanic - I found this article:https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archi ... ce/266085/
The behaviour on the Costa Concordia a hundred and odd years later displayed a different attitude apparently.
ChristianAB wrote:I also don't understand why "what if the incident they're attending is round the next bend" is the flip side of this, since the idea is not to become reckless because of the circumstances. If anything, the emotional situation makes you prioritise survival, of yourself and of your relatives, which I don't believe is the same as making you drive too fast for the circumstances. So yeah, I don't understand this part. Granted, there is a slippery slope when anyone decides to behave according to exclusively internal references, but at the same time, we are talking about humans here. Flawed, unpredictable, biased humans. Laws cannot change our DNA.
If you get it right with the emotional/car control then there's no problem, except you could end up blocking the road for the emergency vehicles or at least lengthening the queue if the event is just ahead. If you get it wrong then the Ambulance has another problem to deal with.
As an earlier poster mentioned, it's possible those perceived skills will let you down and exacerbate the problem.edit to add - not you specifically - the general you.