There have been numerous advancements in the automobile industry that have made the various vehicles that we know and love today. Should there have not been advancements, automobiles would resemble the safety and look of those from the beginning. The very first cars constantly needed repairs, would get stuck easily, and were basically death machines due to lack of safety features. Throughout the years, vehicles have gotten better because the advancements in the industry made them better. Cars today are a result of those advancements and these advancements will continue for many years to come.
Comfort is among the best of advancement as seats and interior has been completely redesigned from the very first automobile. A ride can be enjoyed in comfort rather than sitting on wooden boards. Seats now come cushioned in various fabrics and some can even be found with seat warmers. This makes a ride enjoyable regardless of the weather or the length of the trip. There have also be various advancements in safety made.
The advancements in safety have made automobiles better for people of all ages. Seatbelts and airbags are in place to keep passengers safe should there be an accident. There are vehicles equipped with cameras allowing the driver to see what is behind them that will help in avoiding accidents as well. There are major advances being made in the automobile industry daily and before long, it may not be necessary for the driver to even touch the steering wheel at all or they may be able to live out of the automobile comfortably without ever needing to go home. The following discusses the history of the automobile industry as well as some possibilities for future advancements to be made.
Invention of More Powerful Vehicles
Over decades, several inventors would build what we call a car today. The first inventor of vehicles is documented back 1672 and by 1807 Francois Isaac de Rivaz would invent the first of combustion powered automobiles.
The Invention of the Modern Automobile
Although self-propelled vehicles had been present at least one hundred years before Henry Ford created one, he did create what is known as the modern automobile.
History of the Air Bag
The idea for the air bag first came about during the 1950’s and it would take more than 30 years before it would gain public support.
In 1885 the first patent for seat belts was issued to Edward J. Claghorn. Improvements have been made through the years and Ford has introduced the production of inflatable seat belts. The design provides more protection for those riding in the back seat.
Innovation in the Automobile Industry: A New Era
Recycling, the production of carbon dioxide, tailpipe emissions, and other environmental concerns are on the agenda of automobile manufactures. Urban congestion and rising costs of petroleum are also major elements manufacturers take into consideration when producing automobiles.
By 1970, automatic transmissions were on 91 percent of the vehicles being sold which made driving much easier.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy bill was passed by congress during 1975 which requires that fuel efficiency passenger cars be increased by automakers.
Vehicles During the 1980’s
A booming economy corresponded with automobile trends during the 1980’s. Muscle cars from the previous decade were still popular and new American sports cars such as the Ford Mustang hit the market.
Recent Developments in the Automobile Industry
After taking a sharp decline, the production of automobiles started to increase again by the end of 2009.
The Auto Industry Transformation: Dimensions of Change
Remarkable evolution of automobiles has taken place over the last thirty years. What was once a personal passenger vehicle has become extremely high-tech and contain software codes and computer chips even more so than vehicles being launched into space.
The expectations of consumers will be for their vehicles to be able to provide convenience, safety, information, and entertainment. They will also demand environmental responsibility, and sustainability from vehicle manufactures and the automobile industry will need to meet the demands of their consumers.
Self-Driving Cars: The Next Revolution
Automakers and suppliers are creating vehicles which can drive themselves. Various organizations are focusing on using communication technologies connected to automobiles for avoiding collisions and managing traffic.
Powertrains Drive Future of Auto Industry
Due to emissions of greenhouse gases and fuel economy national policies, new innovations in the technology of powertrains are critical.
Future Car Materials
Previously made from steel, vehicles are being made of more lightweight materials such as fiberglass, carbon fiber, and duralumin.
Computers in Cars of Tomorrow
The driver will get to be the passenger as computers in cars of tomorrow allow for automated piloting.