Paid PostPosted on Jul 1, 201615 Facts About Cars That Will Make You Glad You Live In 2016Ya know, you kids today don't know how good you've got it.by Ford CanadaBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1893: Alfred Vacheron becomes the first to put a steering wheel in a car instead of a tiller, which is a sort of...stick-like thing. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BBC / Via cheezburger.com Just think about how different all those songs about driving would be if these wonderful round things had never come to fruition. 1902: Drum brakes are patented by Louis Renault and become widely used in all automobiles for 50 years. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com / Via cheezburger.com Drum brakes are still used today but typically just in rear wheels. They differ from disc brakes by having brake shoes press against the inside of a drum attached to the wheel. 1908: Henry Ford introduces the first mass-produced automobile, making car ownership a real, economically feasible option for ordinary people. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com / Via jalopnik.com Unfortunately, Bluetooth wasn't yet a standard feature. 1911: Charles Kettering shuts down his haters by receiving a patent for an electronic self-starter small and powerful enough to fit under a car’s hood. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF vimeo.com / Via exploratorium.tumblr.com Without an electric starter, you'd have to hand-crank your engine to get it started, which is not nearly as simple or cute as this. 1914: The first electric traffic signal is installed on a street corner in Cleveland, Ohio. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF cheezburger.com Before that, roads were hectic to say the least, with pedestrians, horses, streetcars, cars, and bicycles all pretty much doing whatever they wanted. Ponder over that when you're stuck at the next red light. 1930: The first in-car radio is introduced for a whopping $110 (about $1,500 today). Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF messytimetravel.tumblr.com AM radio, baby!! The only entertainment you could ever need while driving! 1939: The first car to offer air conditioning is introduced. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF vimeo.com / Via cheezburger.com *It definitely didn't blow this strong. By the late '60s, air conditioning was common and in over half of all new cars sold. 1951: Power steering is first introduced in wide commercial production and becomes increasingly more common into the 1950s. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF gifbin.com Hydraulic fluid made turning the wheel way easier. Without power steering, you’d have to have some pretty strong arm muscles to turn as fast as this. 1959: Nils Bohlin invents the three-point seatbelt that would stay stationary and not move under a load. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF vhsnetwork.tumblr.com It’s widely believed to have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and is considered to be one of the most significant innovations in automobile safety. These fellas certainly agree! 1965: The factory-installed 8-track tape player is born. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF juraf.tumblr.com Even though it was all but dead by the '80s, the 8-track was the first step toward cassette tape players being introduced in the '70s and the start of putting your own music in your own car. Next time you reach for that aux cord, say a little prayer for its distant relative, the 8-track. 1973: A group of engineers creates the first catalytic converter, which helps to reduce tailpipe emissions. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF liveleak.com / Via gifbin.com You know, emissions like the ones this guy is experiencing. 1973: The first cars with a passenger airbag are introduced and soon become standard in many popular automakers’ cars. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF New Line Cinema / Via yourepeat.com They combine two of the best things in life: air...and bags. 1985: The first cars to have an Anti-lock Braking System fitted as standard become available. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com / Via cheezburger.com ABS shortens braking distances and helps the driver keep the car under control by keeping the wheels spinning and not locking up when braking. These folks are definitely pro-ABS. 2000: President Clinton signs a bill that enables ordinary citizens to use satellite systems for GPS. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF cheezburger.com Can you imagine a world where you have to look at a PAPER MAP to find out directions?? Ask your parents, they'll remember. 2001: Hybrid cars begin to gain popularity. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF vhspositive.com Ahh, the modern era. We all know and love our hybrids, but just a short time ago they were merely a dream. Little by little, cars have come a long way. By combining the very best from over a century of technology, design, innovation, and pure imagination, the new Ford Focus has something everyone can love.