Ralph Teetor invented the modern cruise control in 1945. Then known as "Auto-Pilot," the cruise control function first became available on new Chrysler models in 1958.Continue Reading
Teetor lost his sight at age 5 in a shop accident but went on to become a well-respected mechanical engineer and inventor. One day, Teetor became carsick from his lawyer's inconsistent driving. This prompted Teetor to try to invent a device that automatically controlled a vehicle's speed. The device was called "controlomatic," "speedostat" and "Auto-Pilot" before finally becoming known by its modern name.
Teetor developed many more car improvements, including automatic transmission. He eventually became the president of the Society of Automobile Engineers.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance