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Merge Now is a weekly series of conversations about the most important topics in mobility technology, with the people shaping the future of transportation. Hosted by Ed Niedermeyer, Senior Editor for Mobility Technology at The Drive and co-host of The Autonocast, Merge Now takes you beyond the headlines and deep into the important and thorny issues that will change the world and how you move through it.

May 8, 2019

One of the most popular topics related to driverless cars is the idea of moral dilemmas, often presented in terms of the "trolley problem" where a driving agent must decide between two bad choices. Beyond the popular discourse, academics have even devoted considerable time to the issue of moral dilemmas for autonomous vehicles and a number of studies and papers have been written on the subject. But according to Sam Anthony and Julian De Freitas of Harvard Psychology, the level of interest in this topic is not matched by its relevance to actual AV development. Drawing on his experience as co-founder of Perceptive Automata, Anthony explains why this resilient idea needs to be put into the context of real AV development as he and De Freitas explain their recent paper "Doubting Driverless Dilemmas."