Thursday, October 10, 2013
In 1900, with the advent of headlamps for night driving, the automotive industry was on its way to making a safer vehicle. That year also saw another very important safety item, the steering wheel. Prior to 1900, drivers changed a car’s direction of travel with a tiller, not unlike steering a boat with a rudder. It was clumsy and not very practical. So in 1900, the steering wheel was invented, introduced in the Packard. (Driver’s side airbags tucked into the steering wheel would come about 85 years later – and not from Packard.) But even with steering wheel, and power steering introduced in the 1950’s, drivers still managed to steer cars into other cars – and stationary objects.