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Half of Americans want to live in a smart city with driverless cars

Sharon Gaudin | Feb. 19, 2014
One-third of Americans think it could happen within a decade.

Brown also talked about a future in which cars would also communicate with traffic signals.

"You car can talk to the lights and say, "Hey, I'm coming your way. Are you green or red?" noted Brown. "And the light might respond, "I'm currently red but I'll be green in five seconds." That way the car can hit the right speed to hit all the green lights."

In its study, Intel also noted that 60% of Americans initially said they had privacy concerns about living in a city where buildings, vehicles and other physical surroundings gather and use anonymous information about what people do and how they do it.

However, if people are told that the information shared would reduce city costs, improve air quality and cut down on energy consumption, then 61% said they would get behind it.

"I think when it comes to privacy, really what we're talking about is an exchange of data," Brown said. "If I'm willing to give up information, I want to make sure who I'm giving it to is trustworthy. And if I perceive that the value I get back in return is worth it, then people are more willing to opt in. It's all about that value exchange. It has to be fair and trusted. And if it is, then people will do it."


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