Car technology that made driving better

You can hardly compare the first few cars, invented almost 150 years ago, with the vehicles on the road today. And, as rutted tracks gave way to tarred roads and superhighways, engineers and designers spend a lot of time and money on improving car technology. Automobiles have become a popular acquisition for several reasons: as a means of getting from a to b, and also to reflect status and taste. The quest to make cars more comfortable, convenient and beautiful continues. Over 150 years, there have been many developments that have changed the face of the automobile industry. Here are our top picks.

From steam engine to combustion engine

The first cars that were produced for personal transportation at the end of the 1800s were driven, like trains, by steam engines. But by the 1920s the fuel combustion engine had replaced steam. It made cars easier to drive and more desirable for average people. Mass production began in the 1900s. Cars became increasingly convenient to operate: automatic transmission was introduced in the 1940s and power steering in the 1950s.

Inventions that improved safety

Safety has always been a concern for drivers and a focus on new car technology. Seat belts were introduced at the beginning of the 1960s to protect passengers: they reduced fatalities and injuries in accidents. Airbags are another vehicle innovation that significantly lowers risk, and they have become quite commonplace since their invention in the 1980s. Anti-lock or ABS brakes have also made driving safer. They prevent the wheels from locking and the car from skidding.

The future of cars

Many cars have GPS (global positioning systems) and navigational telematics to support drivers who can use technology to monitor anything from fuel spend to maintenance. The latest car technology includes electric vehicles that don’t require fossil fuel and hybrid engines that use a combination of conventional fuel and electricity to power them. There are already cars around with self-parking abilities, taking the pain out of parking for drivers. And the first driverless vehicles are being prototyped, these vehicles can drive themselves without human input by sensing their environment and navigating all on their own.

How we make the auto industry better

Avis Fleet’s solutions are a comprehensive offering that enhance every aspect of fleet management. Our telematics solution uses technology to optimize your fleet operations. We also have solutions that help customers with everything from vehicle acquisition, to maintenance, and making provisions for accidents. The solutions are adaptable and can change according to the individual needs of each fleet company. For more information about our fleet solutions click here.


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