1956 Firebird II was GM's shark-like connected car [w/video]
Back in the '50s, the name given to the vehicle-to-road connected technology that the Firebird II was capable of was the Safety Autoway and it worked (well, the idea worked) thanks to a metal conductor that was to be built into the roads. At the flip of a switch, drivers could turn on "automatic mode," which gave them more time to watch television on one of the Firebird II's two infotainment screens. The powertrain was also an early sort of flex-fuel thing, able to burn gas, kerosene or fuel oils.
General Motors is displaying the Firebird II once again to show that it's been thinking about technology like its just-announced Super Cruise for many decades. While we love the 'isn't the future just wow' era videoes below, we think that the real-world future actually looks brighter for cool auto tech now than it ever has before.
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