The 1916 Cadillac Type 53 was the first car to maintain almost all the control placements – shifter and hand brake between the seats, key start, clutch, brake and accelerator pedals in front of the driver – that we all today consider to be fairly standard. Eventually – discounting some freaks – cars all started toeing that line, and once they did it took other means to differentiate one manufacturer’s products from that of another. Hence grew the features war.
Today, we live in a golden age of automotive features and convenience, where even the lowliest of transportation appliances offer qualities unheard of on all but the most high-end of luxury makes a mere 20 years ago. And there are features today that couldn’t even have been imagined not that long ago. Consider rear-view cameras, a feature that’s currently trickling down to even the most plebeian of rides – albeit under the threat of potential government mandate here in the States, how cool are those?
You are all living in the modern age, right? And as such, you’ve had the opportunity to sample some of these modern automotive conveniences. If so, what I want to know today is which of those has been the most life-altering to you. Have you found that having your buns warmed while driving to work is nirvana? Or, is Ford’s Sync the dashboard secretary of your dreams? What modern car feature truly has you asking where have you been all my life?
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