From the imagination and trick-filmmaking ability of Walter R. Booth — also a magician — comes this highly imaginative 1911 short film called “Automatic Motorist”.
It’s amazing that back in 1911 movie makers were already predicting robot cars – or in this case, a robot chauffeur driving a car. This 6 minute silent film has some nice little special effects for 1911, and although it literally and humorously goes “out there” in terms of what is possible, it gets the point across that automatic cars are potentially a dangerous thing. I love the scene where the robot drives the car in a circle for a while. A funny, but somewhat accurate prediction from 100 years ago. It is feasible that without the proper failure mechanisms in place a robot car could get stuck in such a loop due to some software glitch.