Car technology has come a long way, part 2

We haven’t kept our 25th anniversary quiet at Brent Autos and earlier this year thought it’d be fun to come up at least 25 most significant and interesting car technology, servicing and law changes. Numbers 1 to 12 were already well worth the walk down history lane, and today we’ll see what numbers 13 to 25 have to offer. Enjoy!

  1. What started off with Mary Anderson’s first operational windshield wiper in 1903, became a flat fully electronic wiper system, that can be hidden away, has the capability to sense rain, and that has made it to the rear screen as well as on to headlights.
  2. Speaking of windscreens, these have long moved on from window glass of course, however come 2014 windscreens are not just laminated for extra safety and high impact, but these days windscreens can sense heat, can be tinted and are generally part of the structure in a modern car.
  3. Though not an invention of the last 25 years, the catalytic converter has only made it mainstream until harsher emission regulations came to force in the 1990-s.
  4. Motor oil has gone low-carbon. The main purpose of a low-carbon fuel standard is to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and ultimately to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation. The first low-carbon fuel standard mandate in the world was enacted by California in 2007.
  5. Low impact materials have also found their way on to brakes and clutches, as the use of asbestos in brake linings and gaskets has been prohibited from 1999.
  6. Anti-rust technology and generally far better steel and other corrosion resistant materials all seem to be standard by now … and the rust-removers jobless.
  7. Anti-lock braking systems can be traced back to the 1920-s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that they have become commonplace and are now a standard safety feature of any car.
  8. Goodbye screwdrivers, hello torques. Loosely speaking, a torque is a measure of the turning force on an object such as a bolt. So for example, pushing or pulling the handle of a wrench connected to a nut or bolt produces a torque (turning force) that loosens or tightens the nut or bolt.
  9. Today’s steering systems have mostly switched from power steering to power assisted steering – that is hydraulic or electric steering. Some cars have hybrids, but many of today’s cars use a simple electric motor.
  10. With electrics becoming more and more commonplace, it is no wonder that the volt meter has now given way to the oscilloscope and diagnostics computers to diagnose faults.
  11. Not only are computers standard by now, they have also gone from analog to digital, and in today’s market place being a mechanic without specialised diagnostics knowledge is like a ship without a sail.
  12. And the best is saved to last … and a picture says it all …Brent Autos has come a long way in 25 years! - car technology part 2

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