BMW, Audi, and others team up with Intel to create 12 safety principles for self-driving...


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The potential risks that unchecked artificial intelligence can pose to humanity are many, and the tech industry has been grappling with a way to mitigate those possibilities for some time.

Now, it seems Intel and the car industry at large (including the likes of BMW, Audi, Daimler, and Fiat Chrysler) have come up with such a solution for one part of the AI world: self-driving cars.

Intel and co. have published the first version of their "Safety First for Automated Driving" paper, which lays out 12 different hopefully-universal principles that all self-driving vehicles should adhere to moving forward. We'll list the principles below, but there are far too many details for each to reasonably cover here -- you'll want to read the full paper for that. The principles are listed on pages six through 10.

Regardless, the suggested "Twelve Principles of Automated Driving" are Safe Operation, Operational Design Domain, Vehicle [Operator]-Initiated Handover, Security, User Responsibility, Vehicle-Initiated Handover, Interdependency Between The Vehicle Operator and the Ads, Safety Assessment, Data Recording, Passive Safety, Behavior in Traffic, and Safe Layer.

Combined, these principles aim to blend user and vehicle responsibility, ensuring that a driver knows what's expected of them at all times -- for example, explicitly informing them when a manual take-over is necessary -- while preventing the vehicle's autonomous systems from putting drivers in harm's way in the first place.

It remains to be seen whether or not these principles will be adopted by every carmaker, but given the many controversies that have surrounded self-driving cars over the past couple of years, self-regulation like this will probably seem preferable to government intervention.

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It's good to see them collaborate but the Federal regulatory bodies would be foolish to allow self regulation as has been clearly demonstrated by Boeing with their recent debacle that destroyed two airplanes and killed countless hundreds of passengers. Never has there been more clear evidence that regulations are not only important, they save lives and prevent needless accidents.
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An autonomous car may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

An autonomous carmust obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

An autonomous car must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


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1. If a member of ISIL orders food to an address that's not his own, don't deliver that package! Actually, deliver it to his address.

2. If someone steps on the street, with a gun pointing at the car, run him over. It was self-defense.

3. If you see a drug dealer or gangbanger, run him over. Even if he wasn't armed (slim chance for that). Don't worry, you're a car. Cars can't go to jail.

4. Each week 1000 cars with the highest score, highest number of points, get rewards. One of your primary goals is to get those rewards.

5. You get 10 points for running over a drug-dealer, 25 for an armed robber, 50 for a rapist, 75 for a politician, 150 for a banker.