Horseless carriages were once a lot like driverless cars. What can history teach us?

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A rural mail carrier in 1905 trying out new transportation technology. National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Driverless taxicabs, almost certainly coming to a city near you, have freaked out passengers in San Francisco, Phoenix and Austin over the past year. Some documented their experiences on TikTok.

Octogenarians, startled by the empty front seats during a ride to a coffee shop in Phoenix, for example, and a rider named Alex Miller who cracked jokes through his first Waymo

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