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THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY AUTOMOBILE INVENTIONS

  • 13-05-20
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With latest tech inventions flooding the automobile industry, we have reached a point where we now begin to use smartphones to communicate with our cars. The beauty of the automobile inventions timeline is as such that no single person can take credit for it. If we browse the internet to find out who invented the first car that was on roads, we will sure end up with a bunch of names. But the truth is that there was no eureka moment as such were the first fully functional car appeared from heavenly light. The cars and bikes we drive around today evolved over the many years through some revolutionary vehicle engineering inventions that changed the way we looked at driving forever. There is no doubt that as we continue to make new innovations in technology each day, the automobile industry will only keep transforming, there will come a day when all we need to do is sit inside a car, the in-built systems will do the rest.

Seatbelts:

Over the years, automobile inventions have improved to provide maximum security and comfort to the user, while minimizing risks and human errors. Possibly the simplest of car parts to have been discovered but one that has saved thousands of human lives over the years is the seatbelt. Driving is a thrill for some, who want to feel the adrenaline pumping through their body as they hear the sound of the engine raving. It is a basic mode of transport for some, who want to reach their 9-5 job without getting stuck in the hassle of public transport. The safety belt was imagined by George Cayley, an English specialist in the late 1800’s who made these belts to help keep pilots inside their lightweight flyers. However, the first patented seat belt was created by American Edward J. Claghorn on February 10, 1885 in order to keep tourists safe in taxis in New York City. As time passed, the seat belt was mass produced by the then car manufacturers to give a certain kind of reassurance to their customers. If we see today, the seat belt, a simple invention, is a savior for all of us who drive cars for whatever our need be without having to feel dreadful about motor accidents.

GPS navigation:

Although it sounds like a fun plan to go out on an adventure using a big fold-out map and stopping to check directions every now and then, it would have been a very tedious way to travel if that’s the only navigation system we had. In recent years, GPS has revolutionized in-car navigation. Almost all modern cars come with an in-built navigation system that do not let us lose our way and help us reach the destination that we were seeking. Freely accessible GPS gadgets have been around since the mid 1980s, yet it wasn’t until 2000 that GPS got open to people in general. This opened the entryway for GPS-upheld innovation to go standard, and it presently is included in everything from our cell phones to our vehicles. This has also reduced the need for drivers to remember the precise routes to travel across a city. All the maps of the world are now just one click away.

Pre-collision Technology:

With so many interesting advertisements and displays to look at on the road and the radio playing our favorite music it is easy to lose focus and control while driving. Automobile innovators are constantly working to make things easier and safer to be out there on the road. The pre-collision technology was recently developed by automobile giants such as Ford and Hyundai in order to avoid car clashes and to also map any pedestrians who might be in the way. There are majorly two systems that have been together in order for this technology to work. One is a millimeter-wave radar located inside the front grille, and the other is a monocular camera mounted on the upper, inside part of the windshield. Its collision mitigation braking system delivers an audio and visual warning when there is a risk of a head-on collision. The technology is so well built that if in case the driver fails to react to the warnings the car will automatically begin breaking in order to avoid the crash or to reduce its impact to the minimum. Although this technology is not currently being used in India, we’re sure the future for car drivers is only going to get safer than it already is.

Cruise control on bikes:

What a time to be a bike lover, from quick shifters to advanced user interface systems, bikes are slowly becoming more modern than one could have imagined. Cruise control is one such technology that helps sporty and aggressive bikers to ride in style. Cruise control has been commonly seen in cross-country cruisers, with basic frameworks permitting the rider to keep up a consistent speed without giving throttle input. It is simpler for the cruiser to adjust to control in the bikes outfitted with a ride-by-wire throttle. Further developed adjustments of cruise control, for example, the one on the BMW K 1600 GTL, permits the rider to change the set speed utilizing electronic switches. Kawasaki may now be working on a camera-based adaptive cruise control system, in addition to radar-based adaptive cruise control systems which many manufacturers seem to be exploring. The future looks more interesting than ever for avid bike riders. So the next time we see bikers leaving their hands off the handle to throw them in the air, it doesn’t mean they are being reckless, it means there is a technology existing in place that gives them the confidence to do so.

Although these have been inventions of the past that have helped the automobile industry reach where it is today, we can be assured that the future will be more promising and safe for drivers with car inventions being re-imagined each day. One of the most exciting technologies that is currently being tested by Toyota is the ‘hovering car’. The concept car being developed at one of Toyota’s high tech R&D centers won’t be actually flying around, but instead would be floating slightly above the road to reduce friction, a bit like a hovercraft. Although this may not be available anytime in the near future, who knows it could be the first step towards having ‘flying cars’ like the ones that are shown in movies. With all this and more in store for the customers, the automobile industry won’t stop revolutionizing the way we look at driving.

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