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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958.
[New York] Random House [c1940]
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Norman Bel Geddes
|Description:||297 p. illus. (incl. maps) diagrs. 27 cm.|
|Contents:||Highways and horizons --
Safety, comfort, speed and economy --
Eliminate the human factor in driving --
Separated lanes of traffic --
Every highway intersection is obsolete --
Full speed through bottlenecks --
Daylight standards for night driving --
From the Atlantic to the Pacific in one day --
Eliminate graft and double highway construction --
Motorway service to towns and villages --
Motorway tributaries to cities --
Accelerating city traffiic one hundred per cent --
The need for increased distribution --
Thinking for our grandchildren --
Effects of a national motorway system.
From the vantage point of 1940, the author presents his vision of highways, traffic control and automobiles in 1960. The General Motors exhibit Futurama at the 1939 World's Fair in New York is the basis of this text, and the author takes the reader "backstage" to describe the exhibit and to suggest the technical and socio-economic consequences which would result from the adoption of an automated highway system as presented in Futurama. The text is lavishly illustrated with examples of both poor highway planning and motorways of the future