"There was a time people worried about cars exactly because they had human drivers."

Fear of human-driven vehicles once they lost horse-intelligence

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Mon, Nov 7th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Calling horses a "a crude form of cruise control and collision aversion," when horseless carriages debuted on the streets of the world, people were scared of what that meant for a vehicle to travel at faster speeds without the additional intelligence provided by the animals. In this article on Timeline, Louis Anslow explains how "prohibitive" rathern "than preventative" laws were put into place to limit them, causing a delay on the development and eventual adoption of the horseless carriage.

You didn’t need a horse anymore, but now you not only needed someone to wave a flag, but also two mechanics to boot, or you would be violating the law. The act also limited automobiles to 2MPH in the city and 4MPH in the countryside, meaning you could travel faster by bicycle.

NIt was an old law applied to a new technology in a way that removed the benefits it offered. In England, it served to kill the market for horseless carriages for a time. A chairman of a UK meeting on the subject was quoted in The New York Times saying, “So long as the present state of the law existed no man would invest his capital in the manufacture of horseless carriages or run the risk of being brought before a police court.”

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