Isn’t it incredible how quickly technology progresses? It’s funny – and actually quite sad – that Toddler L will grow up with no knowledge of some of the tech that was part of my life as a kid and teenager. Things such as my Mega Drive, Walkman, VHS and Nokia 3310 were used on a daily basis but are now pretty much extinct.
Instead, we now have virtual reality headsets, speakers which play music via Bluetooth, the ability to watch Netflix anywhere and mobile phones with more power than some small countries!
I think the advancements in technology can best be seen through the way cars have changed over the years. As a kid, I have memories of my mum’s old VW Jetta – the only car I can remember in our family with a choke which would only start up 50% of the time.
If you compare that to now, our family cars come with features such as air con, DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard, whilst other cars we’ve tried like the Peugeot 308 park themselves and adjust spead when they sense a car in front. Crazy.
Interestingly, Halfords have created an infographic – reproduced below for your perusal – which shows the evolution of car technology. This goes from the first factory-fitted radio in the Chevrolet 490 back in 1922, via the first heated seats in the 1972 Saab 99, through to Volkswagen’s hover car concept which should hit the roads in the future – although, if it’s a hover car, I guess technically it won’t ‘hit the roads’.
Take a look and let me know what you think below. What’s your favourite bit of in car tech? What technology would you like to see in cars that isn’t currently included? Has tech improved your enjoyment when driving?
N.B. This is a collaborative post written with Halfords.[jetpack_subscription_form subscribe_text=”Like what you’ve read? Want more? Pop in your email to get all of the latest posts.”]