Retrofuturist Flashback: Electric Car of Tomorrow


Drive into the future. © PoodlesRock/Corbis

Whenever we dive into yesterday's visions of tomorrow, we inevitably run headlong into the depressing fantasy of flying automobiles and personal jet packs -- all of it with a delivery date of 1994. Other times, however, they kind of nail it.

Just gaze into this calming vision of a sapphire-hued road of the future. It stems from a 1950s advertisement, featuring an 'electronic car of tomorrow' driving through the city with a glowing guidance display. Take away the crazy steering wheel and you're not far off from the dashboard of a modern Toyota Prius with its LCD screen.

But what about that crazy super bus on the right? Oh how I'd love to see one of those on the not-so-futuristic roads of the 21st century.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.