September 10, 2015

Today in History: First person charged with drunk driving (1897)

John RobsonResident Historian

On September 10 1897 a certain George Smith, a London cabbie, had the dubious distinction of being the first person charged with drunk driving. 

The automobile was still in its infancy. But human misconduct was all grown up. And of course cars have continued to get better, fancier, faster and more stylish ever since.

But guess who’s still at the wheel.


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commented 2015-09-10 23:49:22 -0400
Self-driving car, 2023…

“Choose your destination, Richard”
>“Take me to the gun store”
=“ERROR. That is a prohibited destination. Would you like to go to a U2 concert instead?”
>“Nah, no thanks, take me to the provincial park then.”
=“ERROR. That is a environmentally-protected zone. Would you like to go to a Justin Trudeau rally?”
(Door opens)
=“Richard, do you want to go to the Justin Trudeau rally?”
>“Nah, I’m gonna walk to Vintage Motors and buy a 1979 Chevy Silverado.”

If you can’t see how these things will restrict and control human movement, you’re likely unaware of who pulls the strings at Google.
commented 2015-09-10 13:50:50 -0400
Some day – and I think it is likely to be very soon – we will see self-driving cars. Google has already driven their prototypes a million miles and had less than a dozen accidents, none of which – they say – were the fault of the self-driving car. Other prototypes are already on the road on public highways in places like Berlin and the American Southwest.

Just imagine how that technology will change things! I predict that bar owners will be among the first people acquiring them once they become halfway affordable. That will allow them to send their patrons home in safety no matter how much they’ve consumed without raising any safety concerns whatsoever. In fact, I think it may lead to a renaissance of bars and drinking since anyone who has a self-driving car will be able to get as intoxicated as they like, knowing that they won’t have to drive themselves home.
commented 2015-09-10 13:49:20 -0400
That all should be solved with cars that drive themselves.