The History of Automobiles


Basically, an automobile is a motor vehicle that has wheels. It usually is used for transporting people and/or goods.


Founded in 1886 by Henry Ford, Ford automobiles are based in Dearborn, Michigan and are sold around the world under the Ford brand. Ford Motor Company also owns Jaguar and Land Rover. The company produces several models, including the Ford Mustang, Ford Focus, and Ford Ranger. In 2007, Ford’s financial performance surprised Wall Street with a $750 million profit.

Although Ford has been producing vehicles for a long time, Ford’s most recent innovations include the Mustang GT convertible, the B-Max small class car, and the Transit Connect compact panel van. Ford also introduced a new electric tractor-trailer concept vehicle at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Duryea Motor Wagon Company

During the late nineteenth century, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company was the first American car company to build and sell gas-powered vehicles. The Duryea Motor Wagon Company was founded by Charles Duryea and his brother Frank Duryea. The Duryea Motor Wagon was first tested on the public streets of Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 1893, the Duryea Motor Wagon was constructed and shown to the public. The Duryea Motor Wagon had a four-horsepower engine. The Duryea Motor Wagon was not as advanced as the Benz cars of the time.

Nicolaus August Otto

Nicolaus August Otto was a German engineer who was one of the first to develop a practical replacement for a steam engine. His engine was a four-stroke internal combustion engine that was used for motorboats, automobiles and motorcycles.

Otto’s engine introduced the world to the concept of large-scale burning of fossil fuels. It was the first internal combustion engine, and helped shape the future of transportation. In fact, it was a major breakthrough in the development of internal combustion engines.

Edouard Delamare-Debouteville

Whether or not Edouard Delamare-Debouteville’s car was the first to be driven is open to debate. Several earlier experiments were conducted in France (Lenoir), Switzerland (de Rivaz) and Austria (Marcus). But it was Delamare-Debouteville who developed the first gasoline powered vehicle.

Edouard Delamare-Debouteville was born in Rouen, France on February 8, 1856. His father, Francois Vendemiaire Delamare, was a French industrialist and the family business was located in Fontaine-le-Bourg. He studied in Paris and Rouen. During his studies he became interested in four stroke cycle engines. He later received three honorary degrees, one from the University of Paris and two from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et d’Industrie in Rouen.

Pollutants derived from automobile operation

Various studies have found that pollutants derived from automobile operation may have a negative effect on human health. They have also proven to be one of the major sources of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. They can lead to flooding, drought and sea level rise.

As a result, the federal government has enacted regulations on the automobile exhaust gas constituents. Several countries have their own test procedures for the same. The main constituents of this type of pollution are carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Safety systems

Generally speaking, vehicle safety systems are classified into two categories: passive and active. Passive systems involve the provision of built-in features that help occupants escape safely from a collision. Active systems, on the other hand, actively seek information about the state of a vehicle in order to avoid a crash.

Using a low-cost automotive-grade computer, active safety systems are designed to help drivers avoid accidents and avoid dangerous situations. These systems include rear view cameras, lane departure warning, and electronic stability control.

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