Google Should Name Roads After Science Fiction Authors

Google has been working hard on making autonomous cars a reality. Now, they've leased a large part of the former Castle Air Force Base, and have built a testing environment.


(Google names roads after movie characters)

As you can see, they've named the roads after famous movie characters and cars.

I think that they should have remembered some of the great science fiction authors who have propounded, and then expanded on, the idea of an autonomous vehicle.

In 1935, David H. Keller described a driverless car in his short story The Living Machine.

In 1941, Robert Heinlein wrote about the autonomous highway vehicle, the Camden speedster in his novel Methuselah's Children.

In 1951, Heinlein made use of the autocab in one of his juvenile novels Between Planets.

In 1965, Philip K. Dick described an autonomic cab in his classic The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

In 1976, Larry Niven came pretty close with his bubble car from A World Out Of Time.

In 1976, Arthur C. Clarke wrote in detail about an automatic control car in his excellent Imperial Earth.

In 2006, Alan Dean Foster wrote about an automated taxi in his excellent novel Sagramanda.

Note: This list does not include references to vehicles that are driven by robots, as opposed to vehicles which are by themselves autonomous, nor does it include autonomous flying vehicles. I've also skipped movie and TV references - so I'll just leave this here for fans of KITT ;-)


(KITT flashes LED grille)

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 1/17/2016)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Vehicle ")

Cattle Avoidance Feature In Indian Autonomous Cars
'The driver went about the business of gently slipping the teflon-coated metal scoop beneath the first animal...' - Allan Dean Foster, 2006.

Tesla Autopilot's 40 Percent Crash Reduction
''I hope all those other cars are on automatic,' he said anxiously.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1976

Cormorant Flying Car
'The cab came floating down out of the sky...' - James Blish, 1957.

Star Wars Speeder Bikes! On Water, By Jetovator
'Hey, wait!' Now, you don't need to say that.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

MULTI Model Of Star Trek Turbolift
Cool prototype video!

A Look Into The Future Of Spacecraft!
Ever wonder how you look when you enter a new part of a spacecraft?

An 'Ethical Black Box' For Robots?
Explored by science fiction authors.

Dadbot Digital Immortality
'A hardwired ROM cassette replicating a dead man's skills...'

Should We Permit Computers To Create Their Own Language?
'Talk Between Robots radio...'

Breakthrough Starshot Sprites Yearn For Alpha Centauri
'Whoever launched it fired a laser cannon...'

Kino Project Roaming Personal Fashion Robots
'Most of the crew have the tiny imp ride on their shoulder...'

Astronaut Exercise Video, Predicted By SF Writers
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses.'

First Crewless Ship? Umm
Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship?

RFID Chipped Employees Of Three Square Market
'About a third of the people in Manhattan have replaced their Freedom Card with a radio-frequency chip...'

JAXA's Int-Ball Drone To Follow Astronauts In Space Station
'I want you to build me some of those.'

Amazon Patents Annoying Robot That Follows You
'The... machine, being homotropic, headed toward them, still bleating...'

Hand Gestures And Body Poses Control Devices
'He waved his hand... the circuit switched...'

Rovable Robots Crawl Across Your Body
'Most of the crew have the tiny imp ride on their shoulder...'

Sansar Social Virtual Reality Platform In 2017?
'And just as a daydreamer forgets his actual surroundings, and sees other realities...'

Cellphone Harvests Power From Ambient Radio Signals And Light
A battery-free phone.

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.