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Automobiles Open Up A Wide World

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Automobiles are vehicles that are powered by an internal combustion engine to drive the wheels. There are many different kinds of automobiles, such as road cars (cars, trucks), cargo and specialized (fire, sanitary, mobile crane, autoclave, refrigerator, infantry fighting vehicle). Having an automobile opens up a whole new world for people as it allows them to travel long distances easily. This means they can work in different places, live in other areas and also have a wider social circle. Having an automobile can also be very helpful in emergencies. You can drive to a place when someone gets sick or has an accident and help them out.

The modern automobile was first perfected in Germany and France toward the end of the nineteenth century by men such as Gottlieb Daimler, Karl Benz and Nicolaus Otto. Until then, the only practical vehicle was a steam car that could reach high speeds but had a limited range and required frequent stops for water. Battery electric cars accounted for 38 percent of the United States market in 1900 but had even greater limitations because of their slow speed and their inconvenient need for recharging.

In the early twentieth century, American inventor Henry Ford revolutionized automotive manufacturing by introducing assembly lines. This allowed him to produce automobiles at a price that made them affordable for middle-class Americans. The auto industry soon became the backbone of a consumer goods-oriented society, as well as one of the chief customers for ancillary industries such as steel and petroleum.

Today, there are about 1.4 billion cars in operation worldwide, with about half of them in the United States. Despite the fact that automobiles are now considered to be a basic necessity, they are still evolving rapidly. The latest models offer state-of-the-art features such as safety and entertainment systems. There are also a wide variety of accessories available for automobiles, such as GPS navigation devices, alarms, sound systems and a variety of safety features.


The automobile was once seen as a novelty rather than a useful invention. It was plagued by problems, including breakdowns and the need to stop frequently for fuel or repair. It was only with the historic long-distance drives of Bertha Benz, to demonstrate the capabilities of her husband’s automobile, and Horatio Nelson Jackson’s transcontinental drive on a Winton car that motorists began to appreciate its usefulness. Now, automobiles are the main means of transportation for most families in the world. This makes them a powerful force for change. However, they will eventually be replaced by other forces as the Age of the Automobile merges into a new Age of Electronics. The automobile has opened up the world in ways that we never dreamed of.

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