2 Detroit auto shows: The big truck present and high-tech future

DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12 JAN 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Imagine for a moment the scene if Henry Ford, Alfred Sloan and the Dodge brothers were entering Cobo Center for the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

First, they would marvel at how their visions have evolved. But they might also be confused by what appear to be two shows.

In the main hall, let’s call it the Frontierland, they would see the latest examples of how affluent Americans get around. Luxury pickups and SUVs packed with screens the size of 1960s-era televisions, creature comforts and storage space beyond anything the early 20th-Century mind could fathom.

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