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article imageDrivers would consider self-driving cars to save on insurance

By Mike White     Nov 6, 2013 in Technology
Ninety percent of licensed drivers would consider buying a self-driving car to save a lot of money on car insurance, according to a new survey by carinsurance.com.
Customers were asked in the survey if they would buy -- or at least consider buying -- an autonomous vehicle to save 80 percent on car insurance, according to autonews.com.
Of those surveyed, 34 percent of respondents said it was "very likely" they would buy an autonomous vehicle. Another 56 percent said they might buy if they could save on car insurance costs.
Some people would buy without the discount. About 20 percent of those surveyed said even without the insurance discount they would buy a self-driving vehicle.
The survey also showed people less likely to consider buying a self-driving vehicle from a nonautomotive company, like Google. They were more likely to make such a purchase from an automaker.
A total of 18 percent trusted electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors in the survey. A total of 15 percent would trust Microsoft or Google to make an electric car. A total of 12 percent would trust Samsung or Apple or Samsung.
According to tirebusiness.com, those who would purchase a self-driving car would use their free time in a self-driving vehicle to talk or text (26 percent), to read (21 percent) and sleep (ten percent).
"Autonomous cars don't get distracted, text or drink while driving," the survey reported. "They have a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and never get tired. Google robotics visionary Sebastian Thrun has predicted that autonomous vehicles could reduce traffic accidents by 90 percent."
Time reported that self-driving vehicles will be available by 2019, according to a report.
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