Automobiles are motor vehicles with wheels that transport passengers. They are self-propelled, run primarily on roads and usually seat one to eight people. They are made principally for transportation of people (rather than goods) and can range from a small, low-priced car to a luxurious limousine.
The invention of the automobile, as an automotive vehicle, is a major breakthrough in the history of mechanical technology. It replaced horse-drawn carriages and became an important element in the development of the modern world economy.
There are many different types of automobiles and each type can be classified on the basis of the purpose for which it is used. Some are passenger cars, others commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses. Some are designed for special purposes such as ambulances and fire engines.
In the modern world, automobiles have become an indispensable part of our lives. They allow us to travel long distances with ease, thereby giving us more time and more choices in our work schedule and social circle.
The history of the automobile is marked by many advances and innovations, but it also has its share of pitfalls. Some of the most common safety concerns are human error, wheels that lose traction, and accidents caused by collisions. In recent years, the rise of electronic control systems has increased the complexity of modern vehicles.