Technological advancements in the automotive world have trickled along at a comfortable pace for decades. After all, it’s not so long ago that we were pleased if our new car had a decent radio and wasn’t beige.

Electronic ignition, 12 volt electrical systems, automatic gearboxes and fuel-injection all arrived with enough time in between each other for motorists to get to grips with them. The trusty old petrol engine too was left largely unchanged for years.

All that has changed in the last two decades as the need for increased efficiency and global connectivity has pushed automotive innovation into top gear. Today anything without a touchscreen infotainment system, heated steering wheel and an ultra-efficient engine is considered outdated.

So to take stock we have put together a list of automotive advances that have made a real difference – from some of the earlier safety innovations right up to the latest cutting-edge technological inventions…

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