Automobiles are self-propelled passenger vehicles that have four or more wheels and carry their own motor. In addition to transporting people, automobiles are often used for goods transportation.
History of Automobiles
The automobile was invented around 1885. It is credited to Karl Benz and other engineers. Eventually, it became mass produced by Henry Ford.
Early cars were made by hand. This was difficult and expensive, so most people could not afford them.
During the twentieth century, the invention of the assembly line helped to make cars more affordable and accessible for people. It also helped to reduce production costs and increase the number of cars that were available for sale.
The car became a major part of everyday life in the United States. It gave people more personal freedom and allowed them to get to work, school or home quicker.
It also led to the growth of industries and jobs, such as automobile parts, gasoline, rubber, plastics, and service stations. These industries and new jobs created a new economy in the United States.
Modern automobiles have many different features, such as air conditioning and navigation systems. They are also more complex than those of the past because they have more electronic controls, such as knobs and switches.
Today, some car manufacturers are experimenting with ways to let computerized driving systems greatly aid or completely replace drivers. These automated cars will sense their surroundings and take precautions, such as automated braking, to help avoid accidents or injury.