The automobile of the future

From the Washington Times - Jan 6, 1918:

Compare this to the Zoox, the self-driving robotaxi that Amazon is developing. Not an exact match, but similar enough that I'm going to call the 1918 prediction a success.

Though note that the 1918 car still had a driver. So the future managed to outdo what the futurists of 1918 imagined.

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 02, 2023
     Category: Predictions | Yesterday’s Tomorrows | 1910s | Cars

Zoox "resembles a human-sized toaster" - per the linked story.

Shouldn't it be "ZooX"? Or do we pronounce it in one syllable?

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/02/23 at 09:44 AM
Also, according to the links, we'll be having sex in these things. So how about some curtains?

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/02/23 at 10:03 AM
The 1918 version allows you to stand, which is a big plus when boarding. I assume it's semi-self-driving -- the buttons on the control box are like elevator buttons, taking you to a preselected destination, at which point you use the levers to guide it to a specific address.

I'm still waiting for a Google self-driving car -- I really, really want to press the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button and see where it takes me.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/02/23 at 12:04 PM
A pretty bold prediction considering cars were still largely motorized buggies in 1918.
Posted by Brian on 04/06/23 at 08:24 AM
I'll buy it when it stops running pedestrians over.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/08/23 at 09:42 AM
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