The automotive industry has always been at the leading edge of automation implementation. We have all seen images of a line of robots spot welding car bodies on the assembly line in a modern factory.
But what was it like decades ago, when most of the automobile manufacturing work was done by humans? This vintage video of a 1936 Chevrolet car assembly line in Flint, Michigan, may surprise you. Despite all the human intervention to product each car, there are still many machines, running automatically, to assemble the various components. You can also see the workers standing in between and next to these dancing machines. It was certainly a much more dangerous working environment than in today’s factories.