1953 CLASS TRIP
Using the bumper-car-looking Aetna Drivotrainer, these high-school students from Brooklyn, New York, can practice their driving skills – safe in the knowledge that, no matter how badly they do, no pedestrians can come to harm. Each ‘car’ has a steering wheel, accelerator (which revs a realistic engine noise), brake, indicators and a horn. A film of a car on real streets is being projected to the front of the classroom, and the learner drivers have to react to a series of hazards and obstacles. All their actions are recorded, so there is no hope for those at the back to skive off.