In-car technology through the years

When I think of in-car technology, I think of seat-back DVD players that I jealously see in family cars. Why jealously? Well, because our car doesn’t have anything like this and I think it would be superb for keeping our children entertained on long journeys.

Long journeys, by the way, are something we’re quite experienced at as a family. With my wife’s mother and father up in Scotland we occasionally drive the 400-ish miles to visit them.

This, of course, brings me on to the other piece of in-car technology that springs to mind, the sat-nav. To think we used to rely on maps to get from A-Z is quite amazing. I wouldn’t say they’re obsolete, but it is getting that way.

The in-car infographic below comes from Halfords. It charts the development of audio and stereo systems, through to the Renault 11, the first car with a talking, digital dashboard, and up to the present day and the BMW235i self-driving car. I mention the Renault 11, by the way, because I remember one of my neighbours having one and us kids were simply in awe of it (this was the early 1980s after all).

Do take a look and tell me; what is your favourite piece of in-car technology? What motoring accessory can you not live without?

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An infographic charting the progress pf in-car technology through the years.


Disclosure; this post was produced in partnership with Halfords. 

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  1. March 23, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    We’ve always had the basic model of cars without any fancy accessories, so I’m pretty chuffed that our new car now has cruise control and a DAB radio. It feels like I’m in the future, today!

    • John Adams
      March 24, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      A DAB radio in your car? Well you’re a step ahead of us!

  2. March 23, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I’m a bit car-obsessed so loved this-I want a Lexus!

    • John Adams
      March 24, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      A fine choice Vicki. It would be in my top three.

  3. November 15, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Great post! Very interesting to see the progress of technology in relation to cars over the years. They’ve definitely changed a lot in the years, increasingly becoming more intuitive and user friendly with features like hands free and automatic parking. It will be very interesting to see what the future holds.

    • John Adams
      November 17, 2016 / 6:02 am

      Driver-less cars are but a short hop, skip and jump away. I test drove one the other day that drives itself in traffic jams.