Milestones In Automotive History

Aug. 17, 2008
Maybe it comes from growing up here in the Rust Belt and having my family's food budget tied to a healthy Big 3, but I eat up anything to do with innovation in automotive history. A press release from Bosch reminded me that this weekend is the 2008 ...
Maybe it comes from growing up here in the Rust Belt and having my family's food budget tied to a healthy Big 3, but I eat up anything to do with innovation in automotive history. A press release from Bosch reminded me that this weekend is the 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise, where classic American iron gets turned loose on Detroit's Woodward Avenue for a day. Think of it as like one of those movie truces between the muscle car guys and the cops, except you actually have to breathe in the burned rubber. I remember going down to see this in the mid-90s, when I was still entertaining the idea of getting hired on at Car & Driver (I had met some of the staff during a college project on industrial design, and like many young and foolish people was taken with the idea of driving fast and expensive cars for a living.) Anyway, I thought the following video and the below list from Bosch were a cool cruise, Detroit style, back through time. Looking forward, I wonder what the next automotive milestone will be? Another GM innovation like the EV1? Or 235 MPG, maybe? Via Bosch: 1913 - First complete automotive electrical system comprising a magneto ignition with spark plugs, starter, generator, lighting system and regulator. 1927 - First Bosch U.S. mass-produced diesel pump. 1936 - First U.S. mass-produced diesel injection systems for passenger vehicles. 1951 - Development of gasoline injection pumps for vehicle engines. 1978 - Global launch of ABS, the first series-produced antilock braking system; debuts in United States in 1985. 1985 - Bosch platinum spark plug introduced in U.S. market. 1995 - Introduction of Electronic Stability Program; debuts in United States in 1999. 1997 - Introduction of diesel common rail direct injection system; debuts in United States in 1999. 2002 - Series production of adaptive cruise control; debuts in United States in 2002. 2004 - Series production of third-generation common rail system; with piezo in-line injectors. 2007 - Series production of stop-start system begins with BMW. 2008 - Second generation gasoline direct injection system.

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