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Tue, 01.02.1962

Black man receives Automatic Safety Brake System Patent


*On this date in 1962, Richard B. Spikes received a patent for an Automatic Safety Brake System for cars. Major companies welcomed his inventions.  U.S. Patent #3015522.

By the time he was creating the automatic safety brake, Spikes was losing his vision. To complete the device, he first created a drafting machine for blind designers. The machine would soon be used in almost every school bus in the nation.

Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators
By James Michael Brodie
Copyright 1993, by Bill Adler Books, Inc.
William Morrow and Co. Inc., New York
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

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