A new report out of MIT explores international preferences when it comes to the theoretical programming of driverless vehicles. Though self-driving cars are still years away from widespread implementation, researchers have been eagerly studying the implications of large numbers of self-driving cars in different environments and cultures.
On the whole, different countries seem to agree on certain moral decisions the cars would have to make, such as swerving to hit an animal rather than a person.
Driverless cars were at first seen as having the potential to avoid collisions entirely. This has since been disproved by subsequent injuries and deaths caused by a driverless car in the U.S., in relation with ride-sharing services.
The report hopes to smooth the transition to driverless fleets, addressing many safety and health concerns before they arise.