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Five Technological Advancements That Changed The Automotive Industry

Updated on December 10, 2016
The Earliest Automobile
The Earliest Automobile

The Beginning

The automotive industry has made great strides since 1768, when the first steam-powered automobile was invented by Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot. The first car that was powered by an engine with internal combustion was unveiled in 1807. The first petrol-powered automobile was created by Karl Benz in 1886. The early 21st century has seen the advent of automobiles that are driven by electricity, but this is yet to become the norm.


The Concepts of change

The automobile industry, as we know it today, would not have come into being without five major technological advancements. These succeeded in bringing in new possibilities and changed the entire course of the automotive industry. What are these five technological advancements and how did they change the future of automobiles?

  1. In 1966, the electronic fuel injection system was developed. This helped to keep fuel and air supplied to the cylinders, which kept the car running more smoothly than ever before.
  2. The age of electronic advances arrived with the invention of the electronic ignition in 1972 by Chrysler. This opened the door to a wide variety of advances in the automotive industry, from fuel metering, ignition timing being electronically controlled, anti-lock brakes, transmission shift points that are electronically controlled, airbag deployment, traction control systems, etc.
  3. In the seventies, airbags were invented, leading to a revolutionary breakthrough in the standards of safety and ensuring that even if there were accidents, fatalities and casualties were less.
  4. The anti-lock braking system, which is almost a standard feature on cars today, was first launched in 1985 in Lincoln cars, made in Germany by Teves. The hydraulic pressure and wheel movement is detected by computerized sensing. This prevents cars from fully locking up during an emergency brake, allowing them to move about a little, which help in emergency situations.
  5. While the fuel cell vehicle was built in 1959 in an 20-HP tractor, it was in 1993 that a fuel cell bus with zero emission was unveiled in Canada, thus paving the way for more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient automobiles.

Other minor advances

There were several advances too. For example, in 1919, a single foot pedal was devised to operate four-wheel brakes, which then, was revolutionary. Later, four-wheel hydraulic brakes were invented in 1922 in America. It also took the pressure solely off of the driver’s foot, making for a smoother and more effortless braking experience, both for the driver and the car. The first power steering system was introduced in 1926. In this, the hydraulic system was integrated with the steering linkage

The technological advances taking place today will likewise revolutionize the automobile industry of the future. The next generation can gear up for technological advancements unheard of today!

The Modern Day Car
The Modern Day Car

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