Matt Hardigree

When Robert Frost wrote “Fences make good neighbors,” he wasn’t being entirely sincere. The words are actually a quote from a neighbor and Frost, or at least Frost’s narrator, isn’t so sure that’s good advice. Before building a wall, Frost wants to know: “What I was walling in or walling out.” The neighbor’s platitude, though dubious in many instances, is probably good advice when talking about autonomous cars.

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If you’re ever in the media room at a race track you’ll hear a refrain so common as to be a cliché at this point: ‘We’re taking all this technology and putting it on our street cars.’ I’d love to see the connection between a Monster Energy Cup Ford Fusion and the Fusion you can buy at your local dealer, or Nissan’s ill-fated FWD Le Mans Prototype and the modern Pathfinder. It isn’t that manufacturers are lying, it’s that the truth is actually far more interesting.

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