Automotive-style brakes and tubular-steel torsion bar suspension.
A dash console with LED components and switches for headlights, taillights and turn signals, all powered by cordless tool batteries.
Thermally modified wood.
That Amish buggy you see traveling down the road in Lancaster County isn't in quite the time warp you might imagine. The technology keeps evolving, reports Popular Mechanics magazine, which recently interviewed a Lancaster County buggy maker about his work and the industry's latest innovations.
The magazine's report, published on its website this week, states what is difficult for some non-Amish to grasp: "The Amish aren't against technology," the author writes, but instead only adopt something new after "determining that it won't drastically change their way of life."
According to the unnamed buggy maker, the average cost for a new vehicle is about $8,000, and some will last 40 to 50 years, getting rebuilt several times.
Some buyers will trade in a buggy every five to eight years, the buggy maker told the magazine, and there's also a sizable market for used buggies, with many families buying them for their teenagers.
Buying a new buggy is much like selecting a car: You decide on the model — two-seater, four-seater, open or closed — then add the options, which include a propane powered heater, cupholder and speedometer.