The History of Automobiles
The first cars were made around the turn of the century. Nikolaus Otto invented the internal combustion engine, and other early inventors included Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. Automobile production started in the USA in the 1890s, and Henry Ford pioneered assembly line production, where workers do only one job and the parts of the car pass along a conveyor belt. By 1927, the Ford Motor Company was producing 15 million cars a year.
Seat belts reduce the probability of serious injury in an accident
Seat belts are designed to distribute the impact force on occupants and protect them from serious injury. Their three-point design helps distribute the force of impact to the body and protect it from collision with other parts of the automobile. While they do reduce the chances of severe injury in a car accident, they should be worn properly. Not wearing a seat belt can lead to severe injury and even death.
According to the study, seat belt use reduces the probability of serious injury by 60% and prevents non-fatal injuries by 44%. Drivers who do not use seat belts are eight times more likely to suffer a fatal or serious injury in a crash. This risk increases for different types of drivers and vehicle models. The risk of fatality is higher for drivers who are elderly or inexperienced, and for women. Furthermore, the risk increases when speeding or driving a vehicle with a newer model.
Air bags protect passengers from serious injury
Air bags are designed to protect passengers from serious injury in automobile accidents. The invention of airbags was patented in 1919 for military aircraft, but they weren’t available on automobiles until the 1950s. A pair of engineers devised a framework that used compressed air to cushion the body, but the airbags were not effective enough to protect passengers. As the number of cars on the road increased, more accidents occurred. By the late 20th century, airbags were considered a standard safety feature, and they were installed in many vehicles.
The first step in air bag deployment is to ensure the seat belt is fastened properly. A passenger in an air bag can be severely injured if he or she is unbuckled. In this case, the airbag may burst, flinging the passenger forward and causing serious injury. The airbag deploys quickly, but the driver cannot control its deployment.
Cars are becoming computerized machines
The advancement of computerized cars is transforming the automotive industry and changing how consumers think about the car. Cars with computerized features are now as sophisticated as modern desktop computers. These advanced technologies include navigation systems, games, and bluetooth compatibility. Some cars have even been developed for off-roading.
Computers are also used in automobiles to control the engine, transmission, and other vital functions. Throughout the 1980s, carmakers begin incorporating computerized technology into cars. In 1974, Volkswagen introduces a transistorized fuel injection system. In the same year, General Motors introduces the Computer Command Control (CCC) system using Motorola’s 6802 microprocessor. Ford also begins using the EEC-IV engine control system (EEC-IV) in their vehicles. The company also licenses NASA’s neural network learning chip for its cars. Intel enters the automotive engine controller chip market in 1976.
Problems with automobiles
If you own a car, chances are you’ve experienced some problems with it. Even though modern automobiles are robust and well-built, you shouldn’t take for granted that nothing will go wrong with them. There are a lot of factors that can lead to a breakdown. Here are some common problems and what you should do about them.
Automobile defects can affect any part or system of your vehicle, putting you and your passengers in danger. Common problems include wheel and suspension problems, electrical problems, and tire problems. Some car problems can even lead to fire and loss of power.