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GM Key to the Future video

In the 1956 short film “Key to the Future,” General Motors predicted a hands-free driving system not unlike the Cadillac Super Cruise option due for 2018.

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is slated to offer Super Cruise–General Motors’ first true hands-free driving technology–when the car goes on sale this fall. That’s great, but we think GM had autonomous driving nailed more than 60 years ago. Well, maybe not nailed, but the company certainly had a good handle on what hands-free driving might look like one day. In the promotional film “Key to the Future,” GM explores the possibility of hands-free driving from the perspective of a family of vacationers. The film was first seen in 1956 as part of GM’s annual touring Motorama exhibition.

2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

In the Star Trek canon, Project Genesis was a program by which the Federation would take a dead and lifeless planet and convert it into a lush, ocean-and-plant-filled paradise ready for human inhabitance.

Damnation Alley Landmaster, Cool Trucks From Bad Movies

Damnation Alley Landmaster

What does it say about a movie if the best thing about it was a custom truck?

1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC, Most-Expensive American Cars of 1987

At $25,540, the Lincoln Mark VII LSC ranks fifth among the most-expensive American cars of 1987. 

For auto enthusiasts, 1987 will always be remembered as the year that Chrysler purchased AMC. But it was also the year that Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted, and the fantasy video game The Legend of Zelda was released.

Last real cars, End Of The Car

We may be sun-setting the driver-involvement era, but Tom is reasonably OK with that.

The evidence has been piling up for a while now, but the verdict is unavoidable: The traditional automobile is all but dead.

There are a couple of paths we can take to reach this conclusion, and a couple of different definitions of “dead” that we can employ, but there’s one particular path and one outcome that I am most saddened by.

Automotive Word Search

“Brougham” is just one of the 39 trim levels hidden in the word search below.

Has the summer heat got you down? Are you already tired of Weird Al Yankovic’s talk-show come-back tour? Well, here’s a chance to get away from it all. In fact, here’s a chance to get away from your computer. Just print out Classic -Car Word Search, Part 2: Trim Levels and set yourself down in a comfy chair. Your job, for the next hour or so, is to find 39 common trim level names, such as Brougham. Also buried below are two beloved Star Trek characters. Enjoy!


2014 Nissan Versa Note

Nissan pulled the wraps off the hatchback companion to its popular Versa sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Also on display was a concept vehicle that could be a harbinger of the next-generation Murano midsize SUV.

What Would Horstachio Drive

Give him the keys to the Ford Fiesta, ’cause Horstachio is ready to party!

Note: Also see Ed’s What Would Mario Drive? (And Other Nintendo Characters).

Today we shift from the eldest of the three primary video game console companies to the youngest. Microsoft entered the home console market in 2001 with the original Xbox, which had the largest footprint of any such device since the Atari 5200. Redmond’s (Microsoft’s hometown in Washington state) large black monolith sported some forward-thinking features, including a built-in hard drive and the first centralized online community, Xbox Live.

Fiat Abarth

“So long-ee, Bowser! My Fiat has da turbo power!”

Inspired by esteemed Consumer Guide Publisher Tom Appel’s entries about what cars Star Trek characters would drive, I figured I would take my own passion for video games and do something similar.

My plan is to split this among the major video game companies: Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. Today we start with “The Big N,” one of the granddaddies of the business. I’ll largely keep within the same framework as the Star Trek entries. Production vehicles only, but I would like to keep the costs to less than $100,000.

Google Street View

Google Street View car

Google Maps Street View is, undeniably, a very useful tool. Need to find a local business that you’ve never been to before? Check out a picture of the place before you go there so you know what to watch for. Planning a vacation? Scope out the hotel before you get there and make sure it’s as great as the website says it is. Wanna check out the Eiffel Tower in Paris or roam the streets of New York City while on your lunch break? Yep, you can do that too.