On a Driverless Car of the Future That Has No Windows

“A central idea of ​​the concept,” explains a reporter from Motor Authority, “is a continuous exchange of information between vehicles, passengers and the outside world."

If only there were a technology already existing that allowed for a continuous exchange of information between what was happening inside a car and outside a car, that a person in said car could call up at a moment's notice. Such as, for example, a piece of glass.

One of the problematic assumptions of technology is that it constitutes only new things, or only things that involve computers. That the world of everyday things consists of many technologies and their applications does not always seem to sink in.

I also wonder if the people who designed this car even particularly like driving. Granted that I grew up in Michigan at the very tail end of the Big Three's automotive dominance, but being able to see where you're going is one of the very real attractions of taking a car: riding alongside the Erie Canal or into denser woods in upstate New York, seeing the mountain passes in West Virginia, driving through the old, weird America off interstates practically anywhere, those months I watched the sun rise over Lake Michigan while driving in to work: those are why you drive a car.

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