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The Highway of Tomorrow is Only Twenty Years Away

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76 Marsham Street

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The Highway of Tomorrow is Only Twenty Years Away: Looking back at 80 years of automated vehicles in the United States – Jameson Wetmore

Although discussions about self-driving cars seem to have arisen only in the last few years, a significant amount of work was done on autonomous vehicles long before Uber or Google were founded. At least as early as the 1939 New York World’s Fair, engineers and visionaries were developing designs of how personal automated transport could work. This talk will explore some of the significant designs developed in the United States over the last 80 years. While these designs were visions of possible futures, they were often more than simple flights of fancy. Many envisioned not simply what the vehicle would look like, but how technologies, corporations, governments, and drivers/passengers could be reconfigured to create autonomous transport.

Jameson Wetmore is a technology studies scholar and directs Arizona State University’s undergraduate program in “Innovation in Society.” He is co-author of Technology and Society: building our sociotechnical future by MIT Press.

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