Science: Driving Without Drivers?

Near the Princeton laboratory of Radio Corp. of America flows the New Jersey Turnpike, like a river of roaring chromium. It is carefully engineered, free of intersections, obstructions or distractions. It should be supersafe—but it is not. Ever since the turnpike was opened, it has been the scene of some spectacular crashes. Its very perfection can hypnotize drivers. Some of them speed half-conscious at 60 m.p.h., drifting dreamily off the gentle curves, or smashing into cars that have slowed down a little.

In his Princeton laboratory Dr. Vladimir K. Zworykin, R.C.A.'s great electronics inventor, who pioneered the TV tube, worried about...

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