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Old 11-30-2014, 07:17 PM
 
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Not sure who was first to offer these features, but some of today's tech is actually old. Touch screens that offer radio, climate control, diagnostic info, and connectivity to a cellular phone was available on some GM cars back in the late 80s and early 90s. It did work initially, but developed problems. Another recent innovation is cylinder deactivation. A V8 engine could run on 6 or 4 cylinders depending on load demands. GM also had this way back when in some models. The switch over wasn't as smooth and reliable as today's versions.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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I remember the 8-6-4 Cadillac engine of the early 80's. Started on on 8 and as it got up to speed dropped down on the number of firing cylinders. Wasn't real successful at the time.
Matt Garrett - Cadillac V8-6-4 Home Page
Buick had touch screen about the same time, early 80's...
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/0...a-had-a-t.html
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:48 PM
 
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Those GM systems were CRT, the LCD and LED screens in modern cars are miles apart.

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Automatic Headlights
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Chrysler had pushbutton transmissioms in the 50's, power windows and hardtop comvertibles existed in the 50's, I think power seats too. Four wheel drive existed in the teens, in cars before trucks, was successed by the FWD company, now known as Seagrave. Our zoo uses one of the FWD trucks from the 20's much to my chargrin as part of a balcony/patio, pisses me off everytime I think about it. I hate when vintage vehicles are used as decoration.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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We had full electric vehicle parking (Plug-in) at all our USA plants in 1974.

We helped build many electric cars for employees.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My sister has a 1981 Caddy with the 8-6-4 engine. Hers ran flawlessly. She could get in the upper 20's for gas mileage on the hiway in the 4 banger mode. The car was a bloated pig otherwise. Synthetic oil, most think is a recent development. It was developed in 1921 by Standard Oil and was the first PAOs based oils. The issue was there was no market for it. Chevron developed PAOs with a different process for use in combat engines during WWII. THe first synthetic oils used in cars and marketed as such to the public was Amzoil. It was ester based, not a crude product like it is today. The automatic transmission is not new. It was actually invented in 1924 in Canada but the inventor was using compressed air to make it shift mostly because he was a believer in the steam engine as a power plant. Oldsmobile developed the hydramatic transmission for GM back in 1940 but the war effort meant any automatic transmissions went into GM made tanks, not cars. When the war was over, Oldsmobile marketed the "new" automatic transmission as "battle tested". At one time I owned a 1947 Dodge 2 door sedan with a single speed fluid drive transmission. You could shift it like a manual or leave it in 3rd gear. When it came to to stop, you just stopped. When it was time to go, just press down on the gas. It was a real land slug. It did have a clutch pedal if you preferred manual better. Most of the old cars had vacuum windshield wiper motors. When you stepped on the gas the wipers stopped working. Going up a long hill in the rain meant on the gas to gain speed, then backing off so the wipers would work and then back on the gas. Then came the electric motor wipers. The first were only single speed. then two speed wipers were an option. My old 59 Jeep wagon has vacuum wipers that still work. Heaters in the old cars were an option at one time. Many mounted on the passenger side under the dash and most only blew air out on the floor, no defroster. The first air conditioning in popular cars was a unit that fit under the dash, discounting the Tucker that had it in the trunk like an early Caddy. It was common for an engine to over heat with an A/C system so they came out with higher pitched fan blades and then flex fans that were notorious for coming apart at high RPMs. Now we have fan shrouds and fan clutches and electric fans.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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The 1956 Buick XP-301 concept car had rear view cameras because it had no mirrors.



https://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&rct=j...17499284676978


https://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&rct=j...17499356859445



^^ Let's also note in the above photo, the center of the steering wheel is a rotary gear selector
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:00 PM
 
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Add CVT transmissions to the list.

I had a Lancia Beta Zagato and you could check the engine oil level with a gauge in your cluster (when the engine was off). Pretty neat.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Turn signals are easy to miss if you are too close to the car in front. Somebody had a great idea to put them on the side mirrors of all new cars. Neat idea, right?

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Old 12-01-2014, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Those GM systems were CRT, the LCD and LED screens in modern cars are miles apart.

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Automatic Headlights
Automatic headlights: Available on Cadillacs since 1964 (also automatic climate control); cornering lights, since 1962.
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