The Automobile Industry
Automobiles are the means of transportation used by most people to get from point A to point B. They can carry people, cargo or both. They can be powered by electricity or fuel. The Automobile industry provides a number of services to the economy like manufacturing, repair and maintenance, parts sales and service. The automobile industry has had a large impact on the world’s economy and society. It has allowed for a large increase in the productivity of people and it has allowed for the creation of many jobs. It has also increased the standard of living in many countries and it has helped bring about new technologies.
Automobile technology is constantly evolving as engineers develop better and faster engines, more advanced computer controls and safer materials. The automobile has become a complex technical system that utilizes subsystems with specific design functions. These systems include human drivers, wheels that lose traction, and safety systems. The development of these systems has been driven by air pollution laws and the need to comply with safety regulations.
The first car with an internal combustion engine was built by Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville and Leon Malandin of France in 1883. The Benz Motorwagen was patented on 29 January 1886 in Mannheim by Karl Benz. Benz’s wife Bertha drove the vehicle a long distance to demonstrate its usefulness and gain publicity that would promote the invention.
After the introduction of Henry Ford’s assembly line and Model T, automobiles became affordable to the middle class. This allowed women to drive and work outside of the home which was a big change for society. It also caused a movement to give women the vote in America and other countries.