From bubble canopies to joystick controls, the past was filled to the brim with promises of an amazing automotive future. Now that we’re here, in that future, I’m kind of bummed that so few of those awesome predictions have actually come to fruition. Perhaps they have, but like the long-promised 100-mpg carburetor or the water-powered car, they have been kept under wraps by an evil cabal of government and industry forces.
I don’t know about you but for a good portion of my life I looked forward to the future with avid anticipation, heck, I even used to subscribe to Popular Science magazine. Now that I’m far older, I look back with fondness for the naiveté of that earlier era and its unbridled expectation of days to come filled with amazing cars featuring mind-boggling conveniences and performance.
And of course some of those were realized, like in-car navigation and holders for our cups. But while today’s cars offer unparalleled levels of performance, economy, and safety, as well as features past future-seers couldn’t even envision, there’s still some of those whimsical and amazing ideas that never did bare fruit. Today, I want to know which of those are you most sad not to see cars possess.
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