Ten Great Pieces Of Car Tech We Take For Granted

These are the hidden parts, features, and mysterious three-letter electric systems that make our cars the amazing machines they are today.

10.) Traction Control


It's nice to be able to go wild in a sports car, but traction control keeps the majority of us drivers on the road when conditions get dangerous. Just let us switch it off completely if we want.

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9.) Heated seats

Sure, the system adds a bit of weight, but while you can't have a drink on the road in the winter or during long trips, heated seats are always there to make you feel better.

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8.) Belted radial tires


Compared to the old bias ply tires we used, modern tires are pretty amazing. A good set can take you to higher speeds, make your car burn less fuel and provide grip in wet and dry day after day.

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7.) Quarter glass


The simple but brilliant ,vent windows were so under-appreciated that they no longer exist. Blame cost cutting.

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6.) Power steering


There are many cars we prefer without power steering. Like the Alfa Romeo 4C. However, the technology has its benefits. Think about trucks, parking big cars or just low-speed maneuvering in general. You would miss it.

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5.) Electronic fuel injection


Yes, carburetors are very likable devices, but it's the electric (direct) injection that gets rid of cold start issues, improves fuel efficiency and gives you more power.

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4.) Catalytic converter


Unlike the stupid engine-choking emissions systems of the eighties, these really help keep our air breathable. Think of the children!

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3.) Galvanized steel


This is why rust isn't such a big issue anymore. Porsche introduced galvanized bodies in 1978, but the rest of the world followed soon. It saved a lot of classics by now for us to enjoy, not to mention our daily drivers.

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2.) Electric cooling fan


The fact that the cooling fan is now powered by electricity instead of a belt connected to the engine means you get a constant airflow and no overheating. A blessing indeed.

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1.) Electric starter


Cars used to be bucking machines that could break your arm with their hand crank starters. That grinding noise has changed everything and turned automobiles into the easy-to-use personal transporters we know today.

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