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The transmission in your car is the thing used to change gears, but we bet you knew that. Since the 1940s, there have really been just two types of transmissions: standards and automatics. With a standard transmission, you shift the gears yourself and with an automatic, the transmission does it for you. But we bet you knew that too. Today, however, it’s not quite so simple anymore. The transmission family has a new sibling for you to get to know: the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). What’s The Difference? Conventional automatic transmissions use sets of gears that provide different ratios or speeds. Control units sense speeds and then shift a transmission’s gears automatically to provide the most appropriate ratio for a given driving situation: lowest gears for low speeds, middle gears for acceleration and passing, and higher gears for efficient cruising. This is visually indicated in most vehicles with a selector display (P-R-N-D-L)…

The first windshield wiper was invented by a real estate developer named Mary Anderson. On a wet, freezing day in the early 1900s, Anderson was riding on a streetcar in New York when she saw how the driver could barely see the street through his front windshield. Windshield Wiper Inventor Drivers’ visibility was that poor because motor vehicle technology at that time was limited to solve this issue. What car makers did back then simply divided the front windshield of vehicles into two sections that could be swung open. This allowed the driver to open their windshield to see the road ahead of them in bad weather. The problem was that sleet and rain would immediately blow into the streetcar. Essentially, this was only a tiny solution. On that drive, Mary Anderson sketched a wiper contraption. One only needed a mechanical arm the driver operated to push the rain and…