According to them, it first came around in 1950:
“Travel snacks can be enjoyed while the car is in motion with a dashboard tray which prevents cold drinks or water glasses from tipping over. The tray hangs from two cords which are held on the dashboard by suction cups. Bottles or glasses rest on two disks which are suspended below the tray on chains. When not in use, the tray can be folded into small space for storage in the glove compartment.”
Talk about not understanding the driving environment …
I remember hearing a quote from a Mercedes engineer back in the 80s. A person at an autoshow mentioned the lack of cup holders in the upcoming S-Class, to which the Merc engineer responded, “I do not have a steering wheel on my dining table, why do you need to hold a cup in one of my cars?”
Silly German engineer with multiple degrees … they somehow didn’t get the memo that it’s our God-given right to keep and bare 128 ounce super-mega-big gulp Mountain Dews where they are handy (you kids shut up back there!).
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