SUMMARY Are We There Yet?
Creed as it moved us about Drivers’ ed made teenagers into citizens; auto repair made boys into menAre We There Yet takes 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 w. I m not necessarily the target audience for a history of the car in the United States the author fairly early on rhapsodizes about a Saab he formerly owned and periodically returns to his personal emotional responses to various vehicles and national car trends which was all pretty much alien to me I clearly do not fall in the car guy category a gender inclusive identity that Albert celebrates at one point he talks about working on a rusted out truck and explicitly evokes Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which should be a warning to us all and hearing about his attempts to get his teenage daughter to try driving were I guess sweet but didn t feel very insightful Still other than those passages I largely enjoyed this book Albert s a genial guide and much of the book is about how technologies sometimes capture society s imagination and sometimes fail to catch on through no particular technical failings and how those past fashions determine the subseuent course of events So the book ranges over everything from car styling designs over the decades to the corporate organization of major American automakers to the policy fetish for road building providing something to engage the interest of almost anyone
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Now that self driving cars have finally arrived n1’s car critic asks what’s to become of usIn recent years tech companies have been teaching robots to drive Those who would sell us self driving cars promise that they will reduce pollution eliminate traffic and prevent countless injuries and deaths But even if robots turn in. 35 stars Lord Mr Ford I just wish that you could see what your simple horseless carriage has become Well it seems your contribution to man to say the least has gotten a little out of hand singersongwriter Jerry ReedAlbert s Are We There Yet is best when it simply sticks to the historical overview aspect of the motor vehicle in the US the early personalities such as Henry Ford and Alfred Sloan and companies of the industry the ever changing and increasing safety features the development of the Interstate Highway System the two oil crises during the 70 s and the CB radio craze The author s personal anecdotes experiences about his old pickup truck teaching his teen daughter to drive and selling a sedan to a college student were not uite as interesting and didn t fully mesh with the previous topics Also his political beliefs or bias which usually cropped up via occasional attempts at humor or just full on potshots uickly became annoying and likely will rankle some of the audience
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To responsible drivers are we ready to become a nation of passengersIn Are We There Yet Dan Albert combines historical scholarship and personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America’s DNA It was the plain old fashioned human driven car that built the American economy won our wars and shaped our democratic. Are We There Yet The American Automobile Past Present and Driverless by Dan Albert is a history of the car and how it evolved over the century and some It includes the personalities involved Ford DuPontetc which makes the story interesting to those who like historyculture but may not know or care about automobiles Dan Albert includes some of his own experiences with cars and his opinions about what car manufacturers were doing This gives the story a link to a person which may help the non automobile enthusiast It is a good history of the carI won copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway