The Making of Mobile Electronics
The evolution of in-vehicle technology
By Brett Solomon
It may seem almost inconceivable that the mobile electronics industry is about the same age as Dealerscope, but everything in early automobiles, including the ignition systems, was controlled mechanically (ignition systems were controlled via mechanical "points and condensers"). Everyone takes for granted that you can hop into your car, click the key and it will start instantly. But mobile electronics are responsible for the evolution of the car as a reliable, safe and relatively economical mode of transportation. It is electronic technology that has harvested the caveats of the modern vehicle. And the electronic technology revolution began with the car radio. Auto sound acted as a harbinger of the technological breakthroughs in current automobiles—including telematics, mobile video and even dynamic stability programs.