Disney predicts the future of highways — circa the late 1950s

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So how many predictions for the future of the nation’s highway system did the Disneyland TV Show get right when it aired the following fanciful segment in 1958? Well, I can tell you what it got wrong: multicolored highways, for one, do not “enable the motorist to reach his destination by following the correct color strip,” as guessed at in the lead, and to my knowledge I don’t think prefabricated bridges of the scale envisioned here are a reality. But hey, “electric eyes” automatically illuminating some roadways at night we have!

What else? The future of freight, this program guessed, is just-in-time and intermodal between rail and truck. Spot-on? Maybe. There’s plenty to argue about in terms of its ultimate veracity, but all the same, I thought you’d get a kick out of it, via YouTube. Enjoy:


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