I know that we tend to believe that robotic cars are a very recent phenomenon, but the truth is that people have been imagining the consequences of AV since the turn of the century. In fact, there is at least one movie that deals directly with the problems, Walter R. Booth's 1911 film The Automatic Motorist . All of today's concerns about autonomous vehicles are here: how will they get in touch with the police, are they going to drill into the crust of Saturn, and will we cause ourselves to go underwater, surrounded by wobbly axolotls?
The film is only six minutes long, so it probably makes sense for you to drop your surgical scalpel or whatever and immediately observe it:
Interestingly, we see the method by which the autonomous vehicle is made is about a robot chauffeur. As developed by the inventor, we see the film in his laboratory. I actually suggested a similar approach over a century later, you may remember.
For some reason, the inventor has a bride and a groom with him, and he takes them with him as he tests his auto mechanic in a car I can not pinpoint, but looks a bit like that other car, no one can identify
A police officer pulls on the automatic motorist who reacts violently, and for some reason inventor and groom tie the policeman at the back of the car, and soon a dog pinches the policeman's ass.
Then you go to the moon, an allusion to Méliès & # 39; A Journey to the Moon and from there on to Saturn, where they dig and meet the native subsatural beings, and then the Things only get weirder.
In this film, animations and special effects have been groundbreaking with the help of models, but more importantly, raises questions about autonomous vehicles that we still ask today about police officers with dogs clinging to their buttocks [1