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Motor Car of the Future (1918)

The March 10, 1918 Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA) ran this illustration of the motor car of the future. If so inclined, one can read the entire article here. But let's face it, you're just here for the pretty pictures.

The new car will be all glass-enclosed and controlled entirely by a set of push buttons. It will have no clutch, gears or transmission, will sit low, have small clearance and punctureless tires.

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Reader Comments (11)

Looks like an UltraPRT podcar. Not too far off at all.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

We already have that.

It's called a "tram".

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEzzthetic

That's an impressive newspaper. I think you should really stick that into the main post. Meanwhile, I'm still unwilling to drive an automatic transmission car. Guess it's not a particularly accurate prediction.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Schluss

Why would it have low clearance? That seems inconvient and likely to get stuck in the rough terrain that the illustration shows.

Now, if it were hovercar.....

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaxwell Hammer

Why would anyone want to drive a car with a Playstation's D-pad when it can't even go over a speed bump? Give me a Model T any day.

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary F

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October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeux

Not a bad article that; compared to the cars at the time, modern cars are indeed much lower, tyres rarely puncture, controls are via buttons rather than leavers, what leavers remain are assisted (power stearing, power brakes), there is much more glass around, they are pretty much weatherproof, etc, etc.

On the other hand drivers are much scruffier now, and rarely sport such excellent moustaches.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

The Infinity vehicles never did give names to their cars, instead consistently using letters and numbers to designate the coupes, sedans and the SUVs. With the Infinity Q45 being the flagship sedan, the Infinity found its place in the American market.The Infinity vehicles never did give names to their cars, instead consistently using letters and numbers to designate the coupes, sedans and the SUVs.


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October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInfiniti parts

Wow that would be a fun riding in such cars then. Its interesting i liked reading it, but it is gonna be in reality or not.

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November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoly

What is with futurists and REALLY ugly designs that have glaring usability problems?

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpudd86

It actually looks a lot like the Dymaxion Car, which was designed by Buckmeister Fuller and Starling Burgess in the 1930's.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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