Most Mainers who think of button pushing, flying car riding immediately think of The Jetsons television show from over 50 years ago.

We still speak about the future in Jetsons terms, a show that originally ran for one season had such an impact on the way we see our culture and our lives.

That quote from Jared Bahir Browsh, author of the 2021 book Hanna-Barbera: A History.

Maybe some of those developments are finally closer to fruition than they have ever been.

The CEO of Ford Motor Company, when recently talking about self driving cars talked about beginning using that technology very soon, if it is only in effect on the highways, and not on the city streets.

Looks like it’ll be sooner that you auto can be driving itself along I 95 and you’re comfortably looking at your phone, or taking a nap as the car handles everything without needing you.


And here comes more technology that is on the way sooner rather than later.

Again from Ford Motor Company

Don’t fall behind on your car payments. No they won’t be sending a car hauler driven by a human over to your home or workplace to load your car up and re-possessing it.

A recent patent application from Ford Motor Company imagines a series of high tech repossession measures like turning off the air conditioning, or more drastic actually locking you out of your car that would drive itself to the repossession lot.

At this point, ,Ford says it’s just an idea.

We do not have plans to deploy this. We submit patents on new inventions as a normal course of business, but they aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans

Said Ford spokesperson Wes Sherwood.

In a patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month, Ford outlined dozzens of futuristic ways to get people to make payments with its ‘repossession computer system.’ The multi step technology would partner with lenders like banks, credit unions and dealerships.

Photo by, Warner Bros., Getty Images
Photo by, Warner Bros., Getty Images

Meet George Jetson.
His Boy Elroy.
Daughter Judy.
Jane his wife.

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