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State Farm Researching Driverless Vehicles

BLOOMINGTON - State Farm Insurance officials hope driverless car technology will be a big part of the future.
BLOOMINGTON - State Farm Insurance officials hope driverless car technology will be a big part of the future.

The insurance giant is teaming up with Ford Motor Company for the next two years to develop vehicles that can drive themselves.

Company officials say there is already a lot of technology in place, like park assist and blind spot monitoring, that make continued research worthwhile.

State Farm studies have determined that 92 percent of accidents come from driver error, and this new technology would be a way to cut those figures drastically.

"State Farm has a lot of information about driver behavior, claims experience, and so some of our data might be possible in the research vehicle, in terms of really creating the right scenario that could help us prevent crashes,” said Carol Csanda, director of innovation for State Farm.

State Farm officials say the technology would still take a number of years to be on the road in full force. Csanda says some of it could be unveiled by 2020.

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