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Ethical Considerations for Autonomous Vehicle Technology C1894

This one-day seminar examines autonomous vehicle technology from an ethical lens. Several ethical paradigms are presented as potential critical and necessary lenses to examine the need, rational, impact and potential issues with effective design, commercialization and communication surrounding this technology. Several case studies that examine ethical issues in emergent technology will be used as discussion tools in this interactive workshop with a focus on the social responsibility. An examination of ethical decision making and the use of data for decision making are also key elements of this workshop.

Those who are involved in the business, policy and technical aspects of all autonomous vehicle technology, (including commercial, farming and mining vehicles) should attend. Better understanding and use of ethical analytical tools will be an essential goal of this course. The discussion will center on autonomous vehicle technology and the increased positive and negative impacts which will require a need for greater knowledge and dialog between engineers and managers.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course the participants will:
  • Recognize critical ethical models and perspective that are most relevant to autonomous vehicle technology
  • Apply ethical models to business decision making within the autonomous vehicle technology arena
  • Evaluate the potential ethical impact of business decision making and the use of data concerning autonomous vehicle technology
  • Recognize how to balance risk, capability and cost at acceptable levels.

Who Should Attend
Audience can be comprised in all types of engineers (software, mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc.) in both technical and managerial roles.

While there is no minimum level of education required, some experience in the autonomous vehicle or related industry is essential.
  • Instructor’ experience and qualifications
  • Participant’s experience with ethical analysis and effective decision making that is essential for business effectiveness
Ethical Models and Decision Making
  • Review of key ethical models for analysis and decision making
  • Discussion of case studies on ethics and decision making in business
  • Identification of benefits, opportunities and risks in poor ethical decision-making
  • Recognize how to balance risk, capability and cost and acceptable levels
Making Connections to Autonomous Vehicle Technology
  • Small group discussion on key issues being faced by participants
  • Making connections between ethical models and key issues
  • Identify problems, pitfalls and prevention
Implications for Socially-Responsible Business Practice
  • Further discussion on case studies on ethical business practice
  • Identification of the connection to participants own work/business
  • List of action steps to be taking in their business/work operations
Audrey J. Murrell

Audrey J. Murrell conducts research, teaching and consulting that helps organizations better utilize and engage their most important assets – their human and social capital. She is currently Associate Dean of within the College of Business Administration and Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Business. Dr. Murrell served as the Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006 to 2013 and from 2016 to the present. She received her B.S. from Howard University, magna cum laud in 1983 and both an M.S. in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Delaware. After obtaining her Ph.D., she joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.

Professor Murrell instructs courses in Organizational Behavior, Ethics and Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Cross-Cultural Management and Workforce Diversity. Dr. Murrell conducts research on mentoring, careers in organizations, workplace/supplier diversity and social issues in management. This work has been published widely in management and psychology journals as well as book chapters and special issues. Popular media has also highlighted this work including the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Pittsburgh Business Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Black Enterprise, Jet Magazine and Vida Executive (in Brazil).

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Fees: $835.00
SAE Members: $668.00 - $752.00

.7 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 1 Day
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