It’s Time to Rethink Levels of Automation for Self-Driving Vehicles

9 Pages Posted: 13 May 2020

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Erik Stayton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Jack Stilgoe

University College London

Date Written: April 18, 2020

Abstract

One of the major ways in which the development of self-driving cars has been discussed - levels of automation - is misleading. A typology originally developed to provide some engineering clarity now benefits technology developers far more than it serves the public interest. As social researchers who have spent time working with and speaking to the developers of this technology, we believe the levels of automation need a rethink.

Keywords: autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars, sociology of technology, science and technology studies, history of technology

Suggested Citation

Stayton, Erik and Stilgoe, Jack, It’s Time to Rethink Levels of Automation for Self-Driving Vehicles (April 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3579386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3579386

Erik Stayton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

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Jack Stilgoe (Contact Author)

University College London ( email )

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London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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