If you are over 40, you might remember back when talking to your car was only done to coax it to start or make it to the next service station or when it failed to do either one. Gadgets were limited to a radio with AM/FM and a cigarette liter.
Now days you can give your car voice commands and it can give you a host of information, like my Drivers Information Center (DIC) which runs my C7 Corvette. We can even control the environment on different sides of the car from temperature on down to how much air blows out of your vented seats.
But that wasn’t always the case. If you are way over 30 you might recall the only way to adjust the temperature was to open your vent window.
Recently I was at a car show and if you’re a regular reader you might recall that I love dash boards, especially those that are painted and chromed, I saw a curious feature on a Rambler dashboard(I don’t recall the year). It was labeled “Weather Eye”.
So a little research was in order.
As you may know Nash was an auto maker and through a series of mergers or purchases changed it name to Nash Kalvinater, eventually became American Motors Corporation (AMC). Well they were the first to develop a car heater. Back in 1938 engineers got the idea to run fresh air over the hot engine water and pass it into the cabin. The air came in through the vent in the cowl and passed the air through a heater core filled with hot coolant. Later on they figured out how to keep the warm are in and the cold are out, by adding a fan to keep constant pressure in the cabin.
A year later Nash engineers added a thermostat for the first climate control, dubbed the “The Weather Eye”. Here are some pics:
Thanks for reading.