Cars are, essentially, the biggest tech toy you’ll own. As cars have evolved, engineers at leading automakers around the world have continued to cram more and more technology into them. And while a lot of the technology is useful and cool, plenty of it over the years has not been too helpful. In fact, a lot of the features in cars over the years can be considered unnecessary and downright annoying. Heck, a lot of the technology in cars has been placed there simply because engineers could squeeze it into the vehicle and manufacturers could then charge a premium for it. Like a Swiss Army knife, there are lots of gadgets in cars that people just never use. Here is a list of 10 of the most useless features that have been added to cars over the years.
10. Interlocked Seat Belts
No part of a car has been subjected to more useless innovations than the seat belt. Seat belts have basically served the same purpose since they were first added to cars in the 1950s. However, most laws making wearing seat belts mandatory didn’t come into effect until the 1970s and 1980s, and it took a long time for many motorists to accept that they had to wear a seat belt while driving. To help influence driver behavior, automakers in the 1970s developed interlocked seat belts that required the driver’s seat belt to be locked into place before the car would start. No seat belt, no car starting. Interlocked seat belts became law in many parts of the U.S. in the early 1970s. However, once law enforcement officers and state legislators realized that many people just buckled the driver’s seat belt, left it buckled, and then sat on top of it, these laws were revoked and interlocked seat belts quietly disappeared from the marketplace.