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Would you trust riding in a driverless car?

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Driverless-car technology is developing quickly. Of course, there's Google's fully-autonomous car. And while analysts don't expect driverless cars to hit the market in the next decade, semi-autonomous cars are well on their way.

But will customers be comfortable with the idea of computers and sensors taking them to their destinations? With few people having actually taken a ride in a fully driverless car, the answer, surprisingly, seems to be yes. People already trust driverless cars.

A new survey from Cisco found that 57 percent of the 1,500 people surveyed in 10 countries said they would trust riding in a driverless car controlled only by technology. That number drops to 46 percent who would trust riding in it with their kids, but still an impressive number for technology that hasn't been used by consumers. And those trust levels climb dramatically in the developing world.

It's a good thing that China is showing confidence in driverless cars since their consumers could be the first to get the technology.

Without much more than videos and statements from Google saying driverless cars are safe, would you trust riding in a driverless car?

More on the survey here.

Image: Cisco

— By on May 16, 2013, 1:01 AM PST

Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure