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Auto insurers prepare for self-driving cars and frayed nerves

Computer technology would allow these cars to " platoon," or travel almost bumper-to-bumper at the same speed, reducing the current car lengths required for safety and the amount of road space needed.

Cars traveling this way could make nervous wrecks out of insurers and motorists -- until they are used to it. But it's also the road to the future.

Not going anywhere

Despite the vehicle costs, the questions and the frayed nerves, we might save money, "since 95 percent of all crashes are now due to driver error," says Worters.

"Groups that might be most affected include teenagers, seniors who now either cannot or should not drive, and some disabled people," she says. Driverless cars might also reduce the number of convictions for speeding and DUIs.

But one thing is for sure about insurers, says Csanda. "We don't believe we will be obsolete."

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