So This Is Autopia

The writer barrels down an automated highway on a car that drives itself

It seems like forever that I've been reading about the imminent debut of smart cars and automated highways. They were a big hit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, I'm told, at General Motors' Futurama pavilion. I even drove a prototype Cadillac with radar braking some 25 years ago. So when a couple of opportunities came up recently to try out cars that steer, accelerate, and brake by themselves, this skeptic took the bait.

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