Biggest Milestones in the History of Automotive Manufacturing

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1900

The Detroit Automobile Factory

Around 1900, Ransom E. Olds establishes a car manufacturing plant in Detroit, which produces the Oldsmobile, which bears his name.

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1908

Ford’s Model T Hits the Scene

On October 1, 1908, at the company's Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit, Henry Ford unveiled the first production Model T Ford.

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1911

The Electric Starter

The electric starter, invented by Charles Kettering and Henry M. Leland in 1911, was an improvement on the arduous hand crank start-up technique.

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1913

Automobile Assembly Line

Thanks to Ford Motor Company's first moving assembly line in 1913, the possibility to produce automobiles faster became a reality.

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1914

Material of Construction

On November 14, 1914, Dodge released their first automobile, which featured an all-steel body, which was a remarkable innovation at the time.

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1939

Automatic Transmission

General Motors introduced "Hydra-Matic" in 1939, a hydraulic fluid-powered automatic transmission that allowed vehicle gears to shift automatically while driving.

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1940

Air Conditioning

In-car air conditioners first became popular around 1940, according to Automobile Magazine.

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1966

Electronic Fuel Injection

In 1966, the first electronic fuel injection system was used. This accomplishment resulted in improved fuel delivery and engine efficiency. 

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1968

Seat Belts

In 1968, automotive manufacturers made safety a top priority. Front seats must have shoulder and lap seat belts, while back seats must have lap belts.

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1970

Airbags

Due to a law passed in 1991, the installation of airbags in passenger vehicles became a legal requirement.

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1990

Hybrids

While hybrid cars have a lengthy history, they did not become popular in the United States until the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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2000

Smart Technology and Smart Cars

Better technology is required to build better automobiles. The use of cutting-edge technology to create intelligent cars is perhaps one of the most crucial advances in the auto sector.

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Over the years, the automobile has changed. The production process has kept up with the innovation required to recover from depressed markets and address the demands of safer and more eco friendly automobiles, from hand-cranked starts to artificial intelligence.

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