Driverless Cars of Yesteryear


Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?

Original ad here.
     Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 13, 2014
     Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons | 1950s | Cars | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

OMG, no seatbelts?!? I bet there aren't any airbags either! It's one of the first front wheel drive cars too, considering that there seems to be no transmission hump.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/13/14 at 08:55 AM
I notice the ashtray in the rear, too.

Of course, this car would be a complete flop. With two kids in the rear seats, there's not enough in the way of door pillars and roof pillars to clearly delimit a window, and so no fights over, "He's looking out my window!"
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 07/13/14 at 09:16 AM
What would one need seatbelts for?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/13/14 at 09:47 AM
On a car, from the top of the fenders and up is called the 'greenhouse.' That'd really be true for this -- it'd be 140 in there in no time at all.

Wonder if they had a net for that table so the kids could play ping pong.

A popular idea of the 1950s was an electric motor inside each wheel. The batteries were to be on sliding trays so the car could sense the passengers and move the batteries to keep weight distribution even. Front-wheel drive cars needed really long hoods (in my better days, I owned a 1937 Cord 812).
Posted by Phideaux on 07/13/14 at 01:18 PM
In the future, cars will drive themselves and have tail fins just as they did in 1957.

If you scroll down a few pages, you'll find an ad for a new menthol cigarette called Spud. Spud?!
Posted by ges on 07/13/14 at 02:10 PM
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