[books pdf] Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and DriverlessAuthor Dan Albert – Z55z.co

This is a really good popular history of the automobile The personalities involved Ford, DuPont, Durant, Sloan are well covered as are the technology and market changes The electric vehicle revolution is not new, it just was stymied by the invention of the electric starter for ICE autos Highly recommended for gearheads and advocates of open streets. I found myself laughing aloudoften than I thought I would for a book about cars The histories of the automotive industry, drivers, laws, and the concerns of the day were fun Albert speeds us along that interstate with ease The future of cars is wrapped up nicely in the Kids Today chapter with the dwindling pure experience of driving and the looming most luxurious car the car they ll neither own nor drive. Made it to page 84 and ran out of gas.For me this book had a lot going for it fun title, automotive history as the subject, the author was educated in the Michigan, home of the US auto industry There were good stories and info, however the author is also a contributing auto columnist to a New York literary blog Ahh, and to please those literary folks in New York, you are not allowed to like anything too much, the tone is something like this You love Chevys I do too, but did you know their Made it to page 84 and ran out of gas.For me this book had a lot going for it fun title, automotive history as the subject, the author was educated in the Michigan, home of the US auto industry There were good stories and info, however the author is also a contributing auto columnist to a New York literary blog Ahh, and to please those literary folks in New York, you are not allowed to like anything too much, the tone is something like this You love Chevys I do too, but did you know their upholstery is made from stolen baby blankets The book feels like a collection of his blogs The problem with that is the witty disdain is probably endurable in a column, however it gets old quickly in the longer book form Once started, I will usually finish a book out of stubbornness, but in my accumulated wisdom I thought, hey a lotfun stuff to read out there I hope you have better luck with it should you give it a try This book is a good history on how the automobile evolved over 100 years, and what car manufacters did to stay ahead of the curve, and to make progress However the author clearly has biases towards individuals and politicians which he makes clear, and is unnecessary in this read Also, the author spends to much time in this book talking about his experiences with cars, and his opinions about what car manufacters were doing It comes off like a memior in some spots, and takes away from what coul This book is a good history on how the automobile evolved over 100 years, and what car manufacters did to stay ahead of the curve, and to make progress However the author clearly has biases towards individuals and politicians which he makes clear, and is unnecessary in this read Also, the author spends to much time in this book talking about his experiences with cars, and his opinions about what car manufacters were doing It comes off like a memior in some spots, and takes away from what could have been a better book Hence the three star rating One of the best books on the automobile ever Going back to the horse and buggy to modern day this book tells everything you want to know A lot of info about our electric cars and driverless cars and future cars you have to read Memo You can t have a driverless car without people True Are We There Yet The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless by Dan Albert is a history of the car and how it evolved over the century and some It includes the personalities involved Ford, DuPont,etc which makes the story interesting to those who like history,culture but may not know or care about automobiles Dan Albert includes some of his own experiences with cars, and his opinions about what car manufacturers were doing This gives the story a link to a person which may help t Are We There Yet The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless by Dan Albert is a history of the car and how it evolved over the century and some It includes the personalities involved Ford, DuPont,etc which makes the story interesting to those who like history,culture but may not know or care about automobiles Dan Albert includes some of his own experiences with cars, and his opinions about what car manufacturers were doing This gives the story a link to a person which may help the non automobile enthusiast It is a good history of the car.I won copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway I loved this book Now that self driving cars have finally arrived, ns car critic asks, what s to become of us In recent years, tech companies have been teaching robots to drive Those who would sell us self driving cars promise that they will reduce pollution, eliminate traffic, and prevent countless injuries and deaths But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to become a nation of passengers In Are We There Yet , Dan Albert combines historical scholarship and personal narrative to explore how car culture has suffused America s DNA It was the plain, old fashioned, human driven car that built the American economy, won our wars, and shaped our democratic creed as it moved us about Drivers ed made teenagers into citizens auto repair made boys into menAre We There Yet takes us from muddy tracks to superhighways, from horseless buggies to driverless electric vehicles Like any good road trip, it s an adventure so fun you don t even notice how much you ve learned along the way I m not necessarily the target audience for a history of the car in the United States the author fairly early on rhapsodizes about a Saab he formerly owned and periodically returns to his personal emotional responses to various vehicles and national car trends , which was all pretty much alien to me I clearly do not fall in the car guy category, a gender inclusive identity that Albert celebrates at one point, he talks about working on a rusted out truck and explicitly evokes Zen and the Art I m not necessarily the target audience for a history of the car in the United States the author fairly early on rhapsodizes about a Saab he formerly owned and periodically returns to his personal emotional responses to various vehicles and national car trends , which was all pretty much alien to me I clearly do not fall in the car guy category, a gender inclusive identity that Albert celebrates at one point, he talks about working on a rusted out truck and explicitly evokes Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which should be a warning to us all, and hearing about his attempts to get his teenage daughter to try driving were I guess sweet but didn t feel very insightful Still, other than those passages, I largely enjoyed this book Albert s a genial guide, and much of the book is about how technologies sometimes capture society s imagination and sometimes fail to catch on through no particular technical failings, and how those past fashions determine the subsequent course of events So the book ranges over everything from car styling designs over the decades to the corporate organization of major American automakers to the policy fetish for road building, providing something to engage the interest of almost anyone I thought this was going to beabout the future self driving cars , but instead I got a history of cars that waswaxing about how things used to be and how kids today are coddled by safer cars I found the author s anecdotes to be almost insufferable Like, I get it, you re a driver s driver, a car guy I don t care Almost no one cares Mostly this book was not what I thought it was going to be and I am disappointed by that Is that the author s fault No Could I have enjoyed it I thought this was going to beabout the future self driving cars , but instead I got a history of cars that waswaxing about how things used to be and how kids today are coddled by safer cars I found the author s anecdotes to be almost insufferable Like, I get it, you re a driver s driver, a car guy I don t care Almost no one cares Mostly this book was not what I thought it was going to be and I am disappointed by that Is that the author s fault No Could I have enjoyed it even if it wasn t what I had thought it was going to be Yes, had the author focusedon the history and less time opining for his old Saab and working on his old F150 I say this as a person who changes her own oil, changes her own lights, has changed spark plugs, etc But, BUT, I love my boyfriend s plug in hybrid Volvo with lane keeping, adapting cruise control, et al I, for one, welcome the truly self driving cars, unlike this author I would not recommend this book unless you are really, really, really into cars