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Child cobalt miners: Automakers pledge ethical minerals sourcing for EVs

'Drive Sustainability' alliance to invest in ethical mining of cobalt, graphite and lithium.

Partners include BMW, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Volvo, Ford, Honda and Toyota.

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Experiments may prevent autonomous cars from killing people

A Stanford University professor behind the autonomous Audi racer is now doing real-world experiments to examine vital ethics questions.

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Will your self-driving car be programmed to save you, or others?

The trolley problem is a thought experiment that puts a person in a lose-lose situation and forces them to react. The same concept is being applied to autonomous vehicles to help determine how they should react in an accident.

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Shanghai Motor Show may ban sexy female spokesmodels

This year's Shanghai Motor Show has not ruled out banning promotional models that normally accompany cars on show stands, after models' racy attire at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show was chastised for having "a negative social impact."

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Should self-driving cars be equipped with adjustable ethics?

Autonomous cars are piloting their way into the wide philosophical sea of ethics. Right now the autonomous cars are unaware of this because the driver's will always comes first, but when we start getting cars that can overrule commands or choose a particular ethical outcome either without or in spite of driver input, we'll have a lot of decisions to make. Which means we have a lot of decisions to start considering right now.

Self-Driving Cars Generate Tricky Ethical Questions

How should autonomous cars decided what to hit in an accident

Even in a future of self-driving cars, some car accidents may be unavoidable. Which raises the ethical question, how should a self-driving car be programed to act when faced with an inevitable crash?

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Berkeley study says drivers of roomier vehicles more likely to be unethical

Researchers from MIT and Berkeley have conducted a rather interesting study on the correlation between posture and behavior. While this normally wouldn't be of much interest, the study analyzed more specifically how a car's seating position can affect the driver's behavior, which we find to be a rather interesting hypothesis.

Are BMW Drivers Jerks?

Several studies have found the nicer your car the less moral your character

Luxury cars were once considered a sign of refinement and expensive tastes, but several recent studies are painting a darker picture of the good life.

UAW calls for investigation into Romney ethics violations over possible profits from auto bailouts

The United Autos Workers, which has endorsed President Barack Obama, announced Thursday that its members want the US Office of Government Ethics to investigate Gov. Mitt Romney for violations.

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China chastizes Beijing Motor Show over scantily clad models

Our post on China's "Tiger mom" phenomenon was illustrated with that above picture; it's the Jeep Wrangler Dragon Design Concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, accompanied by a booth professional. The model – her

Ethanol and why it's wrong

Biologist David E. Pitts wants farmers, fuel producers, and the government to stop the development of ethanol or at least stop devoting so many resources to the alternative fuel. Why?