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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Car technology has come a long way – part 1

Brent Autos has come a long way since it has been established in 1989. And so has car technology!

For our 25th anniversary we thought it’d be fun to come up with a list of at least 25 of the most significant car technology, servicing and law changes and developments. So here our are numbers one to twelve! - Car technology part 1

  1. Four gears became five, and even six by now!
  2. From having nothing to being fitted only on front seats, there are even special roof airbags these days and by now they are a legal requirement and form a firm part of the MOT health checks.
  3. Manual hand brakes have transformed into fully electronic parking brakes.
  4. Headlights used be glass, and are now plastic.
  5. From freezing our butts off and scraping off the ice on the inside, modern cars now have heated everything – from wind screens to seats to steering wheels.
  6. From brick like mobile phones in the late 80-s we’ve gone to holding the slimmer line bricks that followed in our hands whilst driving, and today have fully enforced handsfree laws.
  7. Even wearing our seatbelts was not mandatory and is only achievement of the last 25 years. Hard to believe!
  8. Speaking of achievements, the invention of led free fuel must make it to our list of most significant developments in car technology!
  9. Next up: no more manual checking of oil levels as most modern vehicles these days will have a light flashing up to tell you that the oil level’s low. How convenient!
  10. In 1989 the most commonly known acronym for ABS was probably the Animal Behaviour Society rather than Antilock Braking System.
  11. Gone are the days of manual tyre checks and here is James Bond technology to tell you the tyre pressure
  12. And gone are the days of nuts and bolts as keys to undo things are everywhere!

Well, twelve’s enough for today, but if you’ve enjoyed our little walk down history lane, do watch this space for numbers 13-25! And if you’d like to contribute find us on Twitter and give us a shout there!

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