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Looking Back at the History of the Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmissions have completely revolutionized the way people drive. Before the invention and popularization of the automatic transmission, drivers were totally responsible for controlling the shifting the gears of their vehicles. Whether you drive a standard transmission or an automatic transmission, Allied Transmission of San Jose can provide you with top-quality transmission repair services. Our technicians provide the San Jose area with a complete range of transmission repair services and transmission rebuilds. To highlight the amazing ways that car transmission technology has evolved over the years, let's take a look back at the history of the automatic transmission. Automatic Transmission San Jose

1890s: Invention of the First Automatic Transmission
The invention of the automatic transmission can be traced back to as early as the 1890s. During this decade, GM debuted the Hydramatic car. The Hydramatic was the first vehicle to have a fully automatic transmission. This early transmission had four speeds, and allowed the driver to select different gear settings. While the first transmission was a hit with some drivers, it took many decades before the automatic transmission became more popular than the standard transmission.

1989: New Automatic Transmission Technology
Nearly a century after the introduction of the first automatic transmission, automatic transmission technology had become a top choice with drivers around the world. As the automatic transmission become more popular, automakers sought new ways to improve the transmission technology of their vehicles. In 1989, Porsche introduced the first automated manual transmission. This innovative transmission allowed drivers to select between fully automatic or fully manual driving modes.

Today: The Future of Automatic Transmission
Today's automakers are looking toward the future of transmission technology. With inventions such as the CVT, automatic transmissions are more efficient and responsive than ever before. The CVT boasts an infinite number of gear ratios, a feature which allows this type of transmission to achieve exceptional fuel economy. Using computerized diagnostic systems, today's automatic transmissions are also exceptionally easy to repair and rebuild.

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