In 1991, the U.S. government decided to actually try it out.
Congress set aside $650 million for the "Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency act" to build the technology for an automated highway. The goal was safer roads, faster travel and conserving fuel. (Climate change was only kind of a thing at that point.)
Though it never came to pass, in 1997 they demoed several "hands off, legs off" vehicles in San Diego. Watch the video from that demo below, in all its '90s splendor. And be sure to check out the full post and enjoy the trip down the rabbit hole at Paleofuture.
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