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Todd Dills

‘Truck stop from the future’

| March 16, 2009

The March edition of tech magazine Wired featured this photoshop creation by Daniel Salo — the first in the magazine’s long-running “>Found” series, in which Wired editors presented their “>best guess at what lies over the horizon,” since they turned the concept over to enterprising readers (follow this link for several of the other design ideas). This artifact from the future shows a conceptualization of a “>typical truck stop from the year 2021,” with the fuel-price sign gone supernova (note, particularly, the prices for methane branded with the Oscar Meyer tag — Wired editors might have done better to insert a Hilarides Dairy brand, eh?).

My perhaps favorite piece of it is the banner sign in the background, which reads, W.H.F.T.A. ENFORCERS ARE WATCHING … IS YOUR RIG UP TO CODE? … WESTERN HEMISPHERE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Click on the photo for the full-size pic at Wired‘s site. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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