The Evolution of In-Car Technology

July 17th, 2018 by


Think about how far technology has come in the past 50 years. In the 1960s, NASA put a man in the moon using less computer power than you hold in your hand every day. These technological advancements extend to the automotive industry as well, and the evolution of in-car technology is something to behold.


Wireless Bluetooth® technology made its first in-car appearance in 2001 with an extra kit you had to buy. Today, however, Bluetooth® comes standard for the vast majority of models and is so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine not having it.

GPS Navigation

Do you remember driving in the days before GPS? It not, it required a stack of paper maps and hopefully a trusty navigator in the passenger seat. The first in-car GPS navigation system made its debut in the mid-1990s, but it was not very reliable. In the early 2000s, the precision of this technology made hand-held units extremely popular and built-in navigation systems started trickling down from luxury brands to all brands.


When radio first made its in-car debut in the 1930s, many people thought it would be too distracting for the driver. It didn’t take long for it to become standard equipment. Eight-track decks were quickly replaced by cassette players in the 1970s with CD players following in 1985. Disc players held this prime spot for 30 years and remain in most vehicles today, but digital media and streaming is starting to make CD players obsolete.

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