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The 10 Most Important Inventions in Automotive History

<p>During its 130-year history, the automobile has been an amazing source of inspiration. It has spurred countless engineers and dreamers to conjure up better ideas for virtually every on-board component, from engines and transmissions to brakes, doors, windows, tires, radios, and virtually everything else.</p><p>Picking the most important of those is, well…almost impossible. While some automotive inspirations may have changed your life, others may have saved it. And while some may have improved your behind-the-wheel experience, others may have made that experience possible in the first place.</p><p>Here, we’ve selected 10 automotive innovations as history’s most important. A few with historical heft made the cut, while some others with lifesaving potential didn’t. We freely admit that these conclusions are up for debate, so we invite you to click through the following pages and let us know what we’ve missed, and which inventions you might have included.</p>
Here’s a look at the innovations that formed the foundation of driving as we know it today.

Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 34 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.   

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