Ten cities are primed for the rollout of highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs), or self-driving cars, according to a new study by Kirkland-based transportation research firm INRIX.

HAVs are expected to make traffic safer as well as reduce congestion, decrease emissions, and provide a lower cost of travel.

The top 10 cities INRIX sees as primed for self-driving cars are:

  • New Orleans
  • Albuquerque
  • Tucson
  • Portland
  • Omaha
  • El Paso
  • Fresno
  • Wichita
  • Las Vegas
  • Tulsa

INRIX compiled data that included one year’s worth of travel in and around the top 50 U.S. cities by population. INRIX also teamed up with StreetLight InSight, a mobility analytics platform from StreetLight Data, for further data.

The list comes with a warning: If cities don’t effectively plan for HAVs, roads could become clogged and would increase pollution.

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