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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 1984

An article entitled, “Preview of Coming Electronics” seen in a collision industry magazine notes: “Automotive electronics is big business today but what we’ve seen so far is barely a bit in the kilobyte that’s to come.  The average dollar content of electronics for a typical 1984 model car is around $550 and that figure is expected to grow to $1350 by 1992.” 

The article suggests that the following safety and convenience may be available in the near future:

  • Rear view video camera with a “fog-penetrating” lens
  • Collision warning system
  • Emergency vehicle presence (audio notification through the radio)
  • Road traffic information

Special vehicle controls could include:

  • Collision avoidance system with automatic braking
  • Integrated chassis control
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Radar adaptive speed control

Entertainment options could include:

  • Rear seat video system

Driver information systems could include:

  • Vehicle maintenance monitor
  • Voice command controls
  • Printer device for service diagnostics
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