A delightful throwback.

Since February, we’ve been looking at the “Future of Transportation", highlighting changes we can expect in the next five to 10 years. Disney, it turns out, had a similar idea more than fifty years ago, though their focus is slightly more off-the-wall.

This vintage clip, part of the "Magic Highway, U.S.A." episode of the1950s TV series Disneyland, predicts how transportation -- particular anything related to the highway -- will evolve in America.

Many ideas, like air-conditioned routes in desert regions, still seem light years away. But some, like the family car that drives itself, are all too au courant.

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