Cars of the future as predicted by Disney in 1958



    Here’s what cars of the future will look like as envisioned in 1958 by Walt Disney. Jet cars, electro suspension cars and atomic cars will speed across the USA and in underwater tubes beneath the seas to connect continents. Radiant heat will melt away snow and ice on highways. When visibility is bad, radar will kick in to identify objects ahead. Colored highway lanes will help motorhomes reach their destinations. Prefab overpasses can be dropped into place nearly instantly.

    Once in awhile the predictions have come true — “rear view mirrors will actually be television pictures,” the film predicts. What we call GPS is predicted. Self-driving cars, says Disney, are also in the future.

    But most of what’s predicted to come has yet to appear and most won’t.  This delightful animation is fun. Enjoy!

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    7 months ago

    62 years and counting. In the 50’s in ” My weekly reader” things like this were predicted. Most we are still waiting for. I’m still laughing about the nuclear drill that “gets so hot as to melt rock” with all that radiation you wouldn’t get near that tunnel for thousands of years. Like the Jepsons we would all have flying cars. We can’t even control the ones we have on the ground. Not in the rest of my lifetime and probably not on my great,great grandchildren time either.
    Good entertainment for 8 minutes though.

    John Koenig
    7 months ago

    The 1964~1965 New York City World Fair had an exhibit showing something similar (possibly the GM pavilion). A “Super Road Builder” machine would be assembled say, near the Amazon Jungle. Said machine would level everything in front of it as it crept forward, leaving behind a wide, multilane highway which, in addition to using “standard” road building material, would incorporate the matter it had leveled. Of course, this machine has never been built. That’s not the only thing Walt got very wrong. I expect that Walt Disney never envisioned Hayley Mills, his child star “darling”, making adult films (apparently, Hayley wanted to “break out” from tightly controlled Disney management). I wonder if Walt is still spinning in his grave?

    Ron Cravey
    7 months ago
    Reply to  John Koenig

    Haley Mills in adult films? No way. Unless you mean she made films as an adult.

    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Ron Cravey

    I wondered the same thing, Ron, so I just (quickly) read some info about Haley online and don’t see anything about “adult films.” Whew! 😀 —Diane at

    3 years ago

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    Rusty Austin
    3 years ago

    It’s funny they show only 8 or 10 cars driving at the same time instead of 67,214…

    John Koenig
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Rusty Austin

    You noticed that too; I guess everybody else was telecommuting :eyeroll:

    7 months ago
    Reply to  John Koenig

    Rusty posted three years ago, today that number doubled. :-/

    Stay cool

    Bob Wexler
    3 years ago

    60years later only a few of Disney’s predictions are more or less here. Many are still on our wish list.