“Horses of Babylon” by John Pearley Huffman (Car and Driver), Dec. 2014.
The horse’s biggest advantage is subtler than that, however: A horse-drawn is effectively a semi-autonomous vehicle (66).
Having two brains at the controls allows the driver to interact with his customers, face to face; that’s impossible with the eCarriage. A horse just makes it a better tourist experience, even if you’re staring at the back end of it (66).
A fascinating read and a humorous review of an American icon, that has even been featured in The Simpsons, and that will sadly see its last legs, soon , but not because of safety, history, or an improved tourist experience. No, the history of the horse-drawn carriage in New York City will die due to a combination of animal rights but moreso a desire by some greedy people to sell ugly buses and to develop the valuable property under the horse stables. There is little or nothing noble in that.
- Horse-Drawn Carriage
- Horseless eCarriage