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Compared to today’s cars, early autos had a serious lack of convenience and comfort. These days, we can control just about anything we need with the push of a button. How did we get so far? Today, we’re taking a close look at how automotive comfort has transformed over the years. Keep reading to learn more.

The early 1900s

The earliest form of the automobile was open-air, like a wagon. Unless you had great weather, you’d have to drive in all sorts of miserable weather and uncomfortable temperatures. This changed in 1910, with the invention of the first closed body car by Cadillac. Once this happened, automakers shifted their focus to automotive interiors. In addition, they started looking for ways to bring comfort to their passengers.

The 1910s saw a few important innovations. Cadillac’s 1912 Model Thirty had lighting, ignition, and an electronic self-starter. Scripps-Booth introduced power door locks in 1914. However, in 1929, the first car heater was offered by Ford. After that, all these developments opened the door for subsequent comfort improvements in cars.

Music innovations

To improve the ambience, automakers began installing radios in the late 1920s. Push button AM radios were standard features by the 1930s, and the first AM/FM car radio appeared in the 1950s. The 1966 Ford Mustang took things a step further with its 8-track player. However, these were later replaced by cassette players. For instance, CD players came about in the 1980s, and were popular for the next 15 to 20 years. Now cars can connect to your personal device to the car’s sound system to stream music. The way we listen to music has changed considerable even in the last few years.

Climate control

One of the main innovations in automotive comfort is the ability to easily control the interior temperature. Back in 1940, Packard Motor Car Company paved the way with two important inventions: power windows and in-car air conditioners. These two features gave some control over the interior temperature. Cadillac went even further in 1960. They developed the first automatic climate control system. With the click of a button, drivers could set a preferred temperature. This concept was refined throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1980, Cadillac created the first electronic climate control system. This is the basis for what we use today.

Seat improvements

Aren’t heated seats amazing? We can all thank Cadillac for introducing them in 1966. Nowadays, lots of cars offer options for heated steering wheels and side panels. Besides heating, there have been a few other improvements in seat comfort. In 1998, Saab invented the first ventilated seats, which gave a cooling sensation. In the 2000s, Mercedes brought next-level luxury with their massaging seats. Therefore, with seating options more comfortable than your couch, automotive comfort has certainly come a long way.

Modern technology and human machine interfaces

Modern vehicles are equipped with smart interfaces that can integrate your personal devices. Human machine interface (HMI) technology allows for luxury and convenience in lots of ways, including:

  1. GPS
  2. Interior temperature and seat comfort
  3. Wireless communication
  4. Internet and cloud connectivity
  5. Touch interfaces
  6. Advanced lighting and sound systems

HMI technology allows for convenience and comfort with the tap of a finger.

The transformation of automotive comfort is pretty incredible. Do you want to know more about your car’s interior features? Our experienced technicians at Service Garage of Blaine have answers. Give us a call today at (763) 792-4949. We look forward to hearing from you.