1990-02-01

The Automobile - Unwanted Technology - Part I-The Early Years 900841

When the raucous, fragile, imperfect American automobile made its debut there was much concern and consternation.
The costs, complexities, choices and confusion in the marketplace resulted in an ultra conservative attitude towards untested innovation or new technology.
Its frailties made the American car no match for its European counterparts and despite an early movement in the direction of a small inexpensive sturdy car to handle atrocious roads, most early manufacturers opted to produce expensive more profitable large models.
However, many innovative minds worked to solve the early problems and imperfections of the automobile and although their efforts were not initially approved or accepted, they provided the framework or perhaps the inspiration for later development. The long developmental history of innovation clearly illustrates that many novel concepts must wait for manufacturing methods, materials, money management, and motorist acceptance before they become practical realities.

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