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Automotive Technology Milestones

There’s little doubt that technology has influenced every sect of the world, and the automotive industry is no exception. According to Popular Mechanics Writer Ben Stewart, here are a few automotive technology milestones every enthusiast should know.

Electric Starter

Modern vehicles are simple to start: simply enter the vehicle and turn the key (or push a button). Prior to 1911 and the invention of the electric starter, this wasn’t the case. Vehicles came equipped with a hand crank startup process. In 1912, the first Cadillac models rolled off the line with the convenient electric starter. Invented by Charles Kettering and Henry M. Leland, the electric starter revolutionized the automotive industry.

Tire Pressure Monitoring

The first tire pressuring technology appeared on the Porsche 959 in the 1980s. The year 2000 marked the turn of the century and passing of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation Act. The act ensured that all passenger vehicles would come standard by the 2008 model year.

Rearview Camera

While the rearview camera is a fairly common piece of technology in modern cars, the technology is only around 15 years old. In 2002, Infiniti brought the first rearview backup camera to the industry. All passenger vehicles will come equipped with a standard rearview camera by the end of 2018.

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Automotive Technology Milestones

7 Fun Facts about GM

 

You love GM, but there’s still plenty to learn about this impressive car brand. Here are some little-known, fun facts about GM.

War Vehicles

GM was a big manufacturer of war vehicles during World War II. They produced over 584,000 vehicles like the “Duck” and the “Deuce-and-a-half”.

Electric Innovation

GM was ahead of its time. It was one of the earliest producers of electric cars, releasing electric vehicles in 1912 – 1917. While these are nothing like the electric vehicles of our time, that’s still impressive!

Desert-Specific

GM brought cars to the Middle East in the 1930’s. All cars were specifically made to handle the desert roads.

Girl Power

In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of GM. That made her the first female CEO of a major automobile manufacturer.

Business Success

Since its conception, GM has never been in any major financial or legal troubles. That’s over a hundred years of good business!

First Turn Signals

GM was the very first car manufacturer to install turn signals. Thanks to them, drivers said goodbye to pesky hand signals.

Billionaire Status

GM was the very first car manufacturer to gross a billion dollars in a single year! These guys definitely know success.

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