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Are We There Yet? - The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (Paperback): Dan Albert Are We There Yet? - The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (Paperback)
Dan Albert
R394 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The plain, old-fashioned, human-driven car built the American economy and helped shape our democratic creed. Driver's ed made teenagers into citizens; auto repair made boys into men. For nearly a century, car culture has triumphed. But have we finally reached the end of the road? Fewer young people are learning to drive. Ride hailing is replacing car buying, and with electrification, a long and noble tradition of amateur car repair will soon come to an end. When a robot takes over the driver's seat, what's to become of us? Are We There Yet? carries us from horseless buggies to superhighways, and like any good road trip, it's an adventure so fun you won't even notice how much you've learned along the way.

Are We There Yet? - The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (Hardcover): Dan Albert Are We There Yet? - The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless (Hardcover)
Dan Albert
R580 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Robot-controlled cars have already logged millions of miles. These technological marvels promise cleaner air, smoother traffic, and tens of thousands of lives saved. But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to be a nation of passengers? In Are We There Yet?, Dan Albert combines historical scholarship with personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America's DNA. The plain, old-fashioned, human-driven car built our economy, won our wars, and shaped our democratic creed as it moved us about. Driver's ed made teenagers into citizens; auto repair made boys into men. Crusades against the automobile are nothing new. Its arrival sparked battles over street space, pitting the masses against the millionaires who terrorized pedestrians. When the masses got cars of their own, they learned to love driving too. During World War II, Washington nationalized Detroit and postwar Americans embraced car and country as if they were one. Then came 1960s environmentalism and the energy crises of the 1970s. Many predicted, even welcomed, the death of the automobile. But many more rose to its defense. They embraced trucker culture and took to Citizen Band radios, demanding enough gas to keep their big boats afloat. Since the 1980s, the car culture has triumphed and we now drive more miles than ever before. Have we reached the end of the road this time? Fewer young people are learning to drive. Ride hailing is replacing car buying, and with electrification a long and noble tradition of amateur car repair-to say nothing of the visceral sound of gasoline exploding inside a big V8-will come to an end. When a robot takes over the driver's seat, what's to become of us? Are We There Yet? carries us from muddy tracks to superhighways, from horseless buggies to driverless electric vehicles. Like any good road trip, it's an adventure so fun you don't even notice how much you've learned along the way.

The Albert Plan to Save America - 2020 Edition (Paperback): Dan Albert The Albert Plan to Save America - 2020 Edition (Paperback)
Dan Albert; Cover design or artwork by Jan Shade Beach
R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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