This is brand new technology. The early automobile developed during a period without sufficient roads, training or licensing. They were operated by the chauffeurs of the wealthy or the equivalent of today's geeky hobbyists.
More than a century ago, people across the world passed in front of the Lumières' camera. Some stared, trying to divine its purpose. Others tried to avoid the contraption, preferring to slip out of view.
Jokes are made about the salivating, ugly Americans ogling topless sunbathers at European beaches, but the schizophrenic nature of our country's relationship with sex has passed from laughable to lamentable to downright detrimental.