SYNOPSIS: In Washington newsmen and highway officials study a miniature automatic highway...where a driver scarcely?
SYNOPSIS: In Washington newsmen and highway officials study a miniature automatic highway...where a driver scarcely touches the wheel, accelerator or brake. This wire is for steering and speed. Others detect obstacles and command the speed of approaching cars. Criss-crossing wires, as a car passed over, help measure the speed. With its workings exposed the bus wheels are steered by electrical impulses. Modeled to a scale of one-fortieth, these vehicles are controlled by electrical signals from the road and if a car unexpectedly stopped, the speed of vehicles in the next two sections behind it would be regulated. The sections or blocks, would be 200 feet long on a full-sized highway. Right here embedded by the road would be the nerve center of this Auto Control System developed by General Motors Research and A.R. and T. Electronics. Performing a new kind of chauffeur service, the car unit beams on an electromagnetic system...similar in principle to that of Firebird Three, the GM space age gas turbine car with automatic steering. The demonstration was presented in Washington to stimulate further highway research as yesterday's dreams become working models today for the ultimate highway tomorrow.