Things have come a long way since Henry Ford first introduced mass car production proclaiming “Any colour you want, as long as it’s black”.
As technology plays a bigger part in our everyday lives, in automotive production it influences everything from the way the car is designed, to safety and in-car entertainment. This cool infographic from Halfords documents the progress car technology has come in the last 100 years.
From the ‘Chevrolet 490’, the first car to have a factory fitted radio (1922), from the 1972 ‘Saab 99’debut bum-warming electronically heated seats (not surprisingly invented in a rather cold Sweden), to another landmark in 1999 when the Mazda Cosmo became the first ever car to come fitted with a GPS Navigation system. Fast forward to 2014 and the BMW 235i, became the first ever self-driving car available to buy at a dealership. Ok, so others have come along since then (all with varying degrees of success) and to misquote Alanis Morissette, no-ones quite got it figured out just yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
So, what does the future hold? Cars faster than the speed of sound? flying cars?
While these milestones may be just around the corner, Halfords has more than enough 21st century gadgetry to get your current car fitted out for the future, right now.