Are We There Yet?
The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless
by Dan Albert
Pub Date 11 Jun 2019
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Now that self- driving cars have finally arrived, n+1’s car critic asks, what’s to become of us?
In recent years, tech companies have been teaching robots to drive. Those who would sell us self-driving cars promise that they will reduce pollution, eliminate traffic, and prevent countless injuries and deaths. But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to become a nation of passengers?
In Are We There Yet?, Dan Albert combines historical scholarship and personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America’s DNA. It was the plain, old- fashioned, human- driven car that built the American economy, won our wars, and shaped our democratic creed as it moved us about. Drivers’ ed made teenagers into citizens; auto repair made kids into adults.
Are We There Yet? takes us from muddy tracks to superhighways, from horseless buggies to driverless electric vehicles. Like any good road trip, it’s an adventure so fun you don’t even notice how much you’ve learned along the way.