Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

International R-110, not driverless transportation.

You realize the whole point of driverless cars, from the corporate point of view,  is that you sit there crammed into your seat as a passive, even trapped, subject for advertisements that will be relentlessly pumped at you on what used to be the windshield. (A version of the contemporary United Airlines experience.)
On the other hand, you could buy a truck like this, and drive it, which would force you to pay attention to the world. (The world outside, the highway world, the street world, the world of weird noises from the engine, the water pump, the transmission, etc.)
I think this International Harvester, which I saw again today, as cool as ever, was the first Autoliterate Truck of the Year, way back when.

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