In this extract from the full article, Archie Frederick Collins' wireless telephone is somewhat prematurely heralded as the perfect adjunct for automobile travelers, for it would be many decades before this type of phone actually became readily available to the general public. Collins eventually ran into legal problems and would spend a year in prison for stock manipulation -- see John D. Jenkins' A. Frederick Collins ... Genius or Fraud? for more details.
Modern Electrics, August, 1908:
The Collins Wireless Telephone.
BY WILLIAM DUBILIER,
Assistant to Mr. Collins.
[I]n fact, wireless telephony will enter a field entirely its own, in addition to being an aggressive competitor of the present telegraph and telephone system on land.
It will enter a new field by making it possible to telephone from automobiles to the garage when help is needed. There are thousands of automobiles in the United States, and, while touring the country in a powerful car is a delightful pastime, a breakdown several miles from a garage or other repair shop is not conducive to pleasure. Often some member of the party finds it his lot to walk to a house for supplies, while the rest of the party, patiently or otherwise, usually the latter, await his return.
Mr. Collins proposes to eliminate this decidedly adverse feature of automobiling by employing the wireless telephone. Consequently every garage or shop will be equipped with the wireless telephone, as they are now with the tire pump and ignition plugs, and this latter day telephone will always be set up ready for use. Likewise, every auto will be provided with a portable wireless telephone. Then in the event of the inevitable accident the 'phone can be taken out, set up ready for use and communication established with the nearest garage, and an auto with men and needful mechanism sent post-haste to the scene to repair it.