This appeared in the Detroit News. Comments?
"The technology would be very suited for a golf cart," said Roland Berger's Blanchet, "but the car manufacturers are not in that market today. They are selling volume and they will hope that short range mobility will be more than a niche market. They aren't going to make a car that isn't a car."
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Ford Think Neighborhood cars, one of which I own, have been around since 2002. Golf carts have been roaming neighborhoods for years now. Mr. Winston's vision of the future could eventually become part of the list of 10 stupidest statements about the future, which currently includes statements such as (taken from The Seven Habits of Successful Teens
10. In 1977: "There is no reason for any person to have a computer in their home."
9. 1911: "Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value."
8. 1967: "Man will never reach the moon regardless of scientific advances."
7. 1946: "Television won't be able to hold onto any market after six months because people will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
6. 1962: "We don't like their sound. Guitar groups are on the way out."
5. 1969: "For the majority of people, tobacco has a beneficial effect."
4. 1876: "The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
3. 2nd Century: "The Earth is the center of the universe."
2. July 4, 1776: "Nothing of importance happened today."
1. 1899: "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Each of these statements was made by a mover and shaker of the field at that time, such as #5 was said by the U.S. Surgeon General, and so on.