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More than a quarter expect to use driverless cars by 2020 – report

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A survey of transport habits around the world suggests that 27% of people believe they will be using a self-driving car by 2020.

The report by Xerox is also predicting that around a half (49%) believe they will have one single app for all their transportation needs.

The company spoke to people in 23 major cities around the world and say they will release the full details in January.

 

“Mobility is complicated, infrastructure is complex and widely using driverless technologies by 2020 is likely out of reach,” said Pat Elizondo, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Public Sector, Xerox.  “However, there are ways cities can meet constituent innovation demands and show progress in that timeframe, including delivering a single, unified mobility app.”

Xerox has pointed to its Go LA and Go Denver apps in the US, which is also piloting in Centennial and Bengaluru.  The company says its “Go” app captures the universe of transportation options available in a city and computes the quickest, cheapest and most sustainable way to reach a destination.

“Offering sophisticated apps, such as Go LA and Go Denver, opens the door for behavior change among citizens,” said Elizondo.  “Even though younger generations are more apt to use public transit, older generations still prefer cars. These types of apps are a great way to get all citizens on board with using alternative modes of transportation, which will ultimately reduce congestion within the city and allow for existing infrastructure to be used more efficiently.”

 

You can hear more about this with Smart Highways Editor Paul Hutton on one of his Congress Today shows from the ITS World Congress in Melbourne.  In the second of the programmes he discusses this report with Pat Elizondo and also hears about a name change for the company.  Listen here.

 
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