If you were to get in a car accident and had to choose to hit a SUV or a Mini Cooper which would you choose? If it were up to me and the ethics of the situation I would choose for the hit to be random decision made, either an A or a B. I say this because for one the SUV is built more safe because it is bigger in size and is heavier, which Patrick Lin say's can better absorb the impact of the crash. Also, the SUV is more safe built because many people who buy this have kids. Which brings me to the next point, if the SUV is made for kids to be in, should you program a car to hit a vehicle which could potentially be packed with kids. Or even more, with more people who could potentially be getting hurt from this collision? The decision is so hard, it is much simpler to just go with an A or B decision.
I think that the motorcyclists whom are not wearing helmets should be the people or objects that the cars are programmed to hit. Although they have a higher chance of getting hurt and are already at a higher risk, they are putting themselves in danger. If they are not being responsible and are knowingly putting themselves in a situation that could potentially hurt them, they deserve to be hit. Not the person who is taking the correct precautions while on the road.
I believe that the idea for a car to make random decisions when about to crash is a good idea. I believe this because this way one doesn't actually choose who gets hit, but can just leave it to a simple A or B decision made by the computer. You aren't setting the car to hit into someone you're setting the car to randomly hit someone, if it was to get in this situation.
If a driver isn't making making control decisions, they should somewhat be held responsible for the outcomes. For example, if you were under the influence of alcohol or have been abusing drugs then of course you shouldn't be getting in the drivers seat of a car, for if anything were to happen. Although, if you were to get in this car and it could self drive itself, then why do you have to be sober? The answer to this is simple, I think at least, even though you aren't driving the car if something were to happen and you had to take control or make a split second decision would you be making the "right" one or the one that you are going to wish you took once you are sober? The car manufactures should be held responsible for the mishap in the programming, but the driver should most definitely be held responsible for the decisions that they made during the situation.