Breaking the Law

Is it ethical to program a robot to break the law?

Is it good business practice?

It seems like these questions will come up a lot in the future of self-driving cars. In fact, I bet they already have arisen, although I don’t know if any specific cases and how they’ve been handled.

The simplest case might be, is it legal to program a car to exceed the speed limit by 1 mph?

Or what about executing a three-point turn in the middle of an alley blocked off by a delivery truck?

It seems like a vehicle that perfectly followed all traffic laws might work great most of the time, but would occasionally come to a dead stop for hours, or days, on end, until an obstruction cleared.

It’s not clear to me how legislators and police should handle these situations, either.

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