Engineering Social Justice into Traffic Control for Self-Driving Vehicles?

Science and Engineering Ethics 22 (4):1131-1149 (2016)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
The convergence of computing, sensing, and communication technology will soon permit large-scale deployment of self-driving vehicles. This will in turn permit a radical transformation of traffic control technology. This paper makes a case for the importance of addressing questions of social justice in this transformation, and sketches a preliminary framework for doing so. We explain how new forms of traffic control technology have potential implications for several dimensions of social justice, including safety, sustainability, privacy, efficiency, and equal access. Our central focus is on efficiency and equal access as desiderata for traffic control design. We explain the limitations of conventional traffic control in meeting these desiderata, and sketch a preliminary vision for a next-generation traffic control tailored to address better the demands of social justice. One component of this vision is cooperative, hierarchically distributed self-organization among vehicles. Another component of this vision is a priority system enabling selection of priority levels by the user for each vehicle trip in the network, based on the supporting structure of non-monetary credits.
Categories
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MLAESJ-2
Upload history
Archival date: 2021-03-04
View other versions
Added to PP index
2015-07-31

Total views
182 ( #31,448 of 2,444,735 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
88 ( #7,057 of 2,444,735 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.