‘Automated Highways’ and How Self-Driving Cars were Envisioned in 1969 via @IEEESpectrum

Mark this up as a sort of alternate reality for what might have been if a 1969 article by Robert E. Fenton and Karl W. Olson would have come to be – IEEE Spectrum reflect on that story, originally printed in their July 1969 issue.

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In July 1969, IEEE Spectrum published an article called The Electronic Highway, by Robert E. Fenton and Karl W. Olson, two engineers at Ohio State University who were working on ways to make vehicles operate autonomously when traveling on major highways. Nearly 50 years have passed, which is practically forever in a technological context, but what’s striking about this article is how many contextual similarities there are between the past and the present.

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