Automobiles have come a long way since Henry Ford rolled the Model T off the assembly line in Detroit nearly 100 years ago. Indeed, Henry Ford could scarcely imagine the ways in which the car has evolved and improved over the years. From new safety features to entertainment units and luxuries such as heated seats, the modern motor vehicle is a marvel of engineering. And now, we are moving towards completely autonomous self-driving cars. The car industry is constantly reinventing itself. And each improvement over the years has built on the ones that have come before it and led us to where we are today. Here’s a look at the 10 greatest automobile innovations of all time, and the impact that they have had on the cars we now drive.
10. Global Positioning System (GPS) and Electronic Maps
There was a time, not too long ago, when getting lost in your car was a real and frequent problem. To find out where you were going required drivers to pull over, pull out a large paper map, spread it out across the dashboard and try to find, with their fingers, where they were and where their destination is located. This cumbersome task has largely been eradicated thanks to the prevalence of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and electronic maps used in cars today. The electronic mapping technologies used in most vehicles today are a wonder of science and enable people to get just about anywhere without getting lost. Advanced cars today have large onscreen displays that put navigation via the GPS right in their view. Better yet, many of the GPS systems today bark out orders to the driver, telling them when to turn and which exits to take off the highway to safely reach their destination. This is a luxury that people could not have imagined even 15 years ago but is now common place in most vehicles.