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Autonomous Vehicles: Artificial Intelligence Ethical Issues & Strategic Implications

Learn about the ethical and social issues of autonomous vehicles with experts in the field.

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An open mind.


This course is taught in English.


Autonomous vehicles are one of the most promising applications of artificial intelligence, and are expected to have a tremendous impact on industries, societies and everyone’s daily life. But AVs are not just another tech product - they won’t only disrupt the car industry, but also establish a whole new paradigm for the circulation of people, goods and information.
This new world comes with major issues, including moral dilemmas in the context of unavoidable fatalities, the question of responsibility deriving from a delegation of autonomy, trade-offs between convenience and freedom in a new circulation system with great risks of mass surveillance, or geopolitical implications regarding the strategic importance of satellite navigation.
Through innovative teaching methods, including dynamic case studies and different levels of complexity to best adapt to everyone’s background and degree of engagement, this MOOC will introduce you to the main questions currently debated by philosophers, regulators and manufacturers.


Upon completion of this MOOC, learners will have:

  • A keen understanding of the economic, political and ethical issues underlying the development of the autonomous vehicle industry.
  • Knowledge of the approaches and methods used by philosophers and psychologists to deal with moral dilemmas.
  • A personal reflection that allows them to approach AI ethical issues with more critical thinking skills and to reach an informed opinion on the issues specific to autonomous vehicles.


1. Strategic issues of the autonomous mobility industry

This first module proposes an immersion in the autonomous mobility industry. The learner will be able to grasp the main market players' vision on the future of the movement of goods and people as well as the technological, economic, legal and political issues raised by these innovations.

2. Ethical concepts and moral dilemma

Here the learner is introduced to the main concepts of ethics and how moral philosophers and psychologists address moral dilemmas. Through renowned thought experiments, they are invited to appreciate the different postures being developed and the practical solutions arising from them.

3. The Autonomous vehicles’ metadilemma

The aim here is to confront practical cases of moral dilemmas specific to autonomous vehicles through simulations, group discussions and a dynamic pedagogy that adapts in real time to each learner's responses in order to maximize learning and the relevance of pedagogical content.

4. Beyond autonomous vehicles

This last module extends the knowledge acquired during the course to other AI ethical issues. It puts into perspective the approaches chosen to deal with the dilemmas in Module 3, insisting on this selection lack of neutrality, since it highlights some issues at the expense of other problems.


The main teaching materials include teaching video capsules, numerous video supports and a range of textual resources diversified in their degree of analysis and complexity (research but also popularization) as well as in their approach (philosophical, psychological, business, legal, computational) so that all participants can develop a multidimensional point of view, enabling them to grasp the subject in all its complexity as well as to stimulate debate.
The program is also built around group discussions and interactive presentations that provide learners with thought-provoking circuits that can be tailored as closely as possible to their answers in order to boost their attention and stimulate their reflection.


Learners support

Learners are guided along their learning journey and homework by the teaching team.


This program is made of four modules, published at a pace of 1 per week. 4 to 5 hours of work is expected per week. For learners who wish to go further, additional content can be made available.


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Hubert Etienne

Affiliate Professor in AI Ethic at aivancity School for Technology, Business & Society Paris-Cachan
Philosopher at Facebook AI Research

Hubert is a philosopher and doctoral student in artificial intelligence ethic at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Facebook AI Research and AI Ethics Affiliate Professor at aivancity. He has published several scientific papers on the ethics of autonomous vehicles and regularly speaks at conferences on these topics.


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