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Technology is one of his primary interests. In addition to evaluating and reviewing new cars and trucks, and writing buying advice for consumers, he has written more than 20 books about the history of the automobile. com. In addition to titles in the Innovation in Transportation series, he has written three other books for young readers. He lives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and travels extensively to drive the latest car models.

Charles F. Kettering Best known for his electric starter, Charles Kettering was a creative inventor. After earning an engineering degree, he went on to become a co-founder of DELCO (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company). While at DELCO, he contributed to many automotive innovations. Nicknamed “Boss Ket,” he was named vice president of General Motors Research Corporation after DELCO and General Motors merged in 1920. I N N O VAT I O N I N TR A N SP O R TATI O N 30 apprenticed (uh-PREN-tisst) learned a trade by working with someone skilled for a specified period of time asphalt (ASS-fawlt) a common material used to pave roads and highways assembly line (uh-SEM-blee LINE) a series of work stations in a factory where the product moves from one worker to the next brakes (BRAYKS) mechanical or hydraulic systems that cause a vehicle to stop when a pedal is pushed cylinder (SIL-uhn-dur) part of an engine that is shaped like a tube electric starter (i-LEK-trik START-ur) an electric motor used to crank a gasoline engine so it will begin running gears (GIHRZ) small wheels with teeth that join with other gears inside a transmission hybrids (HYE-bridz) vehicles that run on a combination of battery (electric) power and gasoline patent (PAT-uhnt) a legal document giving an inventor the sole rights to manufacture and sell his or her invention planetary (PLAN-uh-tair-ee) a type of transmission used in Ford’s Model T propulsion (pruh-PUHL-shuhn) the act of propelling, or moving something forward transmission (trans-MISH-uhn) set of gears that delivers engine power to the wheels Cars 31 BOOKS Collier, James Lincoln.

28 series of car models in the early part of the century. The Model T, introduced in October 1908, brought motoring to the public. Because of the Model T’s popularity, many Americans believe that Henry Ford invented the automobile. Ford was the first manufacturer to pay his workers $5 for an 8-hour workday. Those were good wages at the time. Cars Some Famous Innovator s 29 Great innovators know how to overcome challenges. Kettering struggled with poor eyesight, but he went on to make important contributions in the automotive industry.

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