Over the years, automobiles have gone through tremendous changes. This includes their interior comforts and conveniences. How did this happen? Today, we’ll explore the transformation of automotive comfort over the years. Stick around to find out more.
The early 1900s
Did you know that the earliest cars were open-air vehicles? Imagine being exposed to all forms of precipitation while driving your car. It doesn’t seem ideal. Thankfully, in 1910, Cadillac addressed this issue by releasing a closed body car. With a windshield, roof, and sides, drivers were protected from exterior unpleasantries. Now that cars had interiors, manufacturers competed to make their cars as comfortable as possible.
In the early 1900s, a few key inventions opened the door for other automotive improvements. Cadillac began equipping their cars with electronic self-starters, lighting, and ignitions in 1912. Power door locks were installed by Scripps-Booth in 1914. By 1929, the first heating systems were seen in Ford vehicles. These innovations strove to make auto interiors both convenient and comfortable for drivers.
The Packard Motor Car Company developed two features to make auto interiors more comfortable. These were power windows and in-car air conditioners. Cadillac built on these ideas and in 1960 developed an automatic climate control system. This allowed drivers to select and set an interior temperature for their car. Their system was improved on and in 1980 a version was released that was fully electronic. This is the same system manufacturers use today.
Besides suitable temperatures, automakers also wanted comfortable seats. In 1966, Cadillac developed the first heated seats. We all know how great heated seats are on a cold winter day. Saab went in the other direction and invented cooling, ventilated seats in 1998. Seating options have continually improved, with Mercedes even coming out with seat massagers for their cars. What a luxury experience!
Let’s talk about sound systems in cars. The first car radios came about in the late 1920s and became standard features in the 1930s. 1950 saw the first AM/FM radios with a scan feature. In
the 1960s, 8-track players gained popularity in Ford Mustangs. These were eventually phased out and replaced by cassette players. The next shift occurred in the 1980s with the first CD players. In the early 2000s, compact digital storage media was the newest technology. These days, we can simply stream music from our phones to our vehicle’s sound system.
Modern technology and human-machine interfaces
These days, cars have smart interfaces that allow you to fully integrate your smartphone. This is called HMI, short for human-machine interface. With HMI technology, you can easily control a wide range of interior functions, including the following:
- Touch interfaces
- Wireless communication
- Advanced lighting and sound systems
- Interior temperature and seat comfort
- Internet and cloud connectivity
With HMI technology, accessing and adjusting all your car’s features is an easy screen tap away. It’s incredible to think about how much automotive comfort has improved over the years. Do you have questions about the interior features in your car? Our experienced technicians at Dunrite Automotive have answers. Give us a call today at (952) 925-2020. We look forward to hearing from you.