The Future of Transportation is Near, and More is to Take After

Although everyone complains about the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a now-suspended effort is to establish national speed limit caps for commercial trucks, a growing shortage of truck parking spaces, collapsing highway infrastructure, and a host of other issues too numerous to name. We tend to forget just how advanced our national transportation system is for moving both freight and people.

Indeed, as part of a speech billed at discussing our nation’s infrastructure issues (but which in reality barely addressed them at all) James Ray, senior advisor for infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) showed a short clip from the 1958 Walt Disney film “Magic Highway” during the 97th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board to show just how many once-too-futuristic-to-imagine vehicles technologies are now actual everyday realities: backup cameras, cruise control, forward-looking radar systems, and the like.

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