Hear and Now: A Chair That'll Save You From Standing in Line. Forever.

Allison Loudermilk

Hear and Now: A Chair That'll Save You From Standing in Line. Forever. HowStuffWorks NOW
Hear and Now: A Chair That'll Save You From Standing in Line. Forever. HowStuffWorks NOW

Hey, guess what? This week's Now podcast doesn't contain one story about the U.S. presidential election. What it does have: the details on Nissan's new self-driving chair called the ProPILOT. With this supreme sitting device, you'll never have to stand in line for tickets or reservations again.

Instead, you (or the person you hire to wait in line for you) will sit in line in the automated chair that advances when all the other self-driving chairs advance. Which means you won't have to do that awkward half-standing, half-sitting shuffle to inch up your chair. Best of all, the chair can maintain a set distance so you don't have to get too close to that weird guy sitting next to you. Lauren Vogelbaum fills you in on that story written by Jesslyn Shields.

We also got to know the Joneses a little bit more. As it turns out, there was an actual Jones family located in Rhinebeck, New York, in the 19th century, one of whom commissioned a brick mansion that sprawled over 7,690 square feet (714 square meters). That person was Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, and the grand house wound up spurring a frenzy of building in the area.

You know what else it spurred? The popular saying "keeping up with the Joneses." Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast host Holly Frey brings you that story, written by Laurie Dove.

Lastly, we also got to hear about a Nevada resident named Sam Schmidt. How'd Schmidt wind up in the mix? He just received the first autonomous vehicle driver's license in the U.S. Schmidt is a former race car driver who crashed in 2000. The accident left him without the use of his arms or legs.

But once a race car driver, always a race car driver, so Schmidt now drives a custom Corvette that can be steered just by a tilt of the head — and he's newly licensed to drive it, too. Christopher Hassiotis tells you that story also written by Laurie Dove.

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