AI Ethics in Focus, Part 3: Navigating the Ethical Landscape of Modern Transportation Technologies

Ramon B. Nuez Jr.
13 min readMay 29

In an era marked by rapid technological advancement, few sectors have experienced as profound a transformation as transportation. From autonomous vehicles navigating city streets to predictive maintenance reshaping aviation, technology’s intersection with transportation is steering us toward a future that once belonged to the realm of science fiction. Yet, as we hurtle down this road of innovation, ethical considerations inevitably arise in our rear-view mirror.

The evolution of traffic management systems and the proliferation of ridesharing apps are not just about convenience and efficiency; they also carry profound implications for safety, privacy, accountability, and work. In this essay, we will journey through the ethical landscape of modern transportation technologies, exploring the promise and dilemmas of autonomous vehicles, predictive maintenance in aviation, traffic management, and ridesharing apps.

The road ahead is complex and filled with exciting possibilities and challenging questions. Our responsibility is to navigate these paths thoughtfully, balancing the tremendous advantages these technologies offer with the ethical considerations they engender. This exploration is about understanding where we are headed and deciding what kind of future we want to drive towards. Buckle up, and let’s explore the ride.

Five Major Moral Dilemmas in Autonomous Driving

With the rise of artificial intelligence and automation, moral decisions that were formerly the preserve of humans are being put into the hands of algorithms, particularly in the realm of autonomous driving. Algorithms for behavior and trajectory planning in self-driving cars make various decisions that carry ethical implications, making this a highly complex and contentious field.

The discussion on the ethics of autonomous vehicles is far from new, but it is continuously evolving as technology advances and its societal impacts become more evident. Five major moral dilemmas continue to shape this debate:

  1. The problem of predetermined versus random decisions.
  2. The distribution of control between the autonomous vehicle…
Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

Technology enthusiast interested in how emerging and disruptive technologies could impact the evolution of the human culture.

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