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Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars

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One of Google's driverless cars.

A new survey by Intel found nearly half of Americans want to live in a city where all vehicles are driverless.

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Almost 50 percent of Americans want to live in a city where all vehicles are driverless, and 33 percent think that might happen in the next 10 years, according to an Intel survey of 12,000 people in eight countries.

The survey also found that 40 percent of respondents think driverless vehicles would reduce the number of traffic accidents, while 38 percent said they would decrease traffic congestion, and 34 percent said they would reduce carbon emissions.

Intel's Steve Brown says he is surprised by the survey's results. "They're probably overly optimistic, but it's nice to see that they're excited about the idea and think it will happen soon," Brown says. "I think it tells us that people are excited about a future that has some intelligence in it to make the world more convenient, more efficient, and safer."

The survey also found that 54 percent of respondents would be willing to let an intelligent system determine what route everyone on the road would take to their destinations if it meant overall commute time would be reduced by 30 percent. In addition, 50 percent of Americans said they would allow the government to put a sensor on their cars to help them with intelligent parking.

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