American adventure and autonomous cars

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Science  12 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6449, pp. 130-131
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax8083

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In his new book, Are We There Yet?, Dan Albert reveals how automobiles came to be seen as a technology of freedom in America and how the ability to experience the world became enmeshed with personal identity. On one level, it is a general romp through the history of the automobile in the United States—and a good one at that. But on a deeper level, Albert uses this history to reflect on the near future, when many predict that autonomous vehicles will wipe away "car culture."