Autonomous Cars Ethics

This brick will help you provide to your students with an overview of the ethical implications of autonomous cars technology.

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This educational unit contains:

  • Ad hoc slides and a video lecture
  • Further resources to use in class
  • Ideas for possible teaching and assessment approaches
  • The computing learning objective is to understand how requirements are defined so that the autonomous vehicles fulfill nonfunctional requirements of ethics and social sustainability.
  • The ethical learning objectives are to understand the role of technical and social/individual ethical issues of autonomous vehicles:
    • Technical issues involve safety, security, privacy, transparency, algorithmic fairness, reliability, environmental sustainability, intelligent behavior control, trans-disciplinary-systemic approach, and quality.
    • Social/individual issues include non-maleficence, stakeholder involvement, beneficence, responsibility and accountability, freedom and autonomy, social sustainability, social fairness, dignity and solidarity, social trust, justice, legislation, standards, norms, policies and guidelines.
  • The transversal learning objective is to be able to connect knowledge and insights from the technical and the social domain.

Foundational knowledge of computing and Foundational Ethics in Computing

  • Suitable for teaching in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Other courses
  • Domain: Information Technology
  • Disciplines: Computing Ethics/Digital Ethics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interface, Interaction Design, Software Engineering/Requirements Engineering, Social Aspects, and Sustainable Development

Suggested teaching approaches

Suggested assessment approaches


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Introductory lecture

Here you can find a PowerPoint presentation and a recording of the introductory lecture.

Further reading

Further reading

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