Cruise Control's Humorous And Unbelievable History
By | September 6, 2019
The origin of inventions remains a fascinating subject for anyone who enjoys the strange twists of history. For instance, the most popular soft drink in the world and a multi-billion dollar company started with a man looking to kick his addiction to morphine. That's right: Coca-Cola, purveyor of just about every sugary drink in America, was born when John Stith Pemberton became addicted to painkillers after suffering a grievous injury during the Battle of Columbus.
The irony of Coke inevitably becoming a vice for millions of Americans decades later is not lost on historians with a sense of humor. As the saying goes, "necessity is the mother of invention." However, sometimes irony and happenstance take turns playing a hand in delivering the children of invention as well. One such example from the past is cruise control.
From the Mind of an Annoyed Genius
Cruise control, the gas-conserving savior of long-distance drivers everywhere, actually came from one man's pet peeve. The inventor, Ralph Teetor, became annoyed by the inability of his friend and frequent driver, Harry Lindsay, to maintain a constant speed. Lest you think this was a first world problem, Teetor was blind, necessitating some friendly assistance in getting around, and Lindsay had a notoriously "jerky accelerator foot." If you were being thrown around in your seat because you couldn't drive yourself, you'd be pretty grouchy, too.