You Can Thank This Blind Man For Inventing Modern Cruise Control

The patent for the technology for modern cruise control in cars belongs to a man named Ralph Teetor. An impressive invention for anyone, but especially for Teetor, who was completely blind. One day in the 1940s, he was riding in a car while his lawyer drove. During the ride, Teetor noticed that the driver had a tendency to slow down the vehicle while talking, and speed it up while listening. Annoyed by this inconsistency, Teetor had an idea, and in 1948 he filed a patent for a device that would control the speeds of a car automatically. The 1958 Chrysler Imperial, New Yorker, and Windsor were the first commercial vehicles to come equipped with cruise control. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

The Blind Man Who Invented Cruise Control

Thank you, Ralph Teetor!

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A blind man invented cruise control for cars. 00:04

  2. The inspiration to invent cruise control struck Ralph Teetor when he was riding in a car with his lawyer in the 1940s. 00:37

  3. The 1958 Chrysler Imperial, New Yorker, and Windsor car models were the first cars to have cruise control. 01:02

How Cruise Control Works, As Fast As Possible

A quick explanation to help you understand.

Written by Curiosity Staff August 2, 2016

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