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12 Car Advances That Would've Freaked Out People In The '80s

You would've lost it if these things had been in your car back then. Turns out technology has not only made cars more convenient and safer since then, but also just plain old more enjoyable to drive.

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1. Bluetooth phone calls.

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"So you're telling me I can carry my phone around in my pocket, and it automatically... what is it... connects... with my car?"

2. Push-to-start buttons.

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"AAAAHHHH! But then where do you put the keys?!"

3. Paddle-shifting transmissions.

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"I feel like a flippin' race car driver, and I don't even know how to drive stick!"

4. Topping the car off... with electricity.

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"So, like, you're using static electricity to propel the car forward? Will it be... shocking?"

5. In-mirror blind-spot indicator lights.

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"But then is it still even a blind spot? Don't answer that, I'm just too excited."

6. Hands-free parking.

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7. Cooled seats.


"So you're telling me there's 360 degrees of air conditioning for me in the future?"

8. Your car's "command center" has both real-time gas consumption and all your music.

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"It's a whole computer just right there in my car? Is music on floppy discs?"

9. Cruise control that automatically maintains a preset distance for you.

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"Just like when you tried dancing like this before a teacher put a balloon between the two of you."

10. Rear-facing parking cameras.

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"But where's the VCR so I can switch out the tapes when my recordings are full?"

11. Wi-Fi hotspots.


"We would've loved having that to do something besides fighting all the time!"

12. One GPS instead of a glovebox full of maps.

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"I don't have to use joysticks to make it work? That's amazing, but then what's the point of even having a glovebox?"