Automobiles are among the most common forms of transportation. They are designed to move people from one place to another, while providing an enjoyable and safe ride. These vehicles are highly technological, with new technical developments becoming a key part of the competition. Manufacturers constantly strive to improve their cars by employing scientists and research engineers who work to make cars more efficient and safer. In addition to engines and transmissions, automobiles also have emission-control systems and other safety features.
Daimler’s gas-powered internal combustion engine
Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach were the first to build a gas-powered engine. It was a prelude to the modern petrol engine, which was later used on motorcycles, stagecoaches, and boats. The two men teamed up to develop a self-firing ignition system and reduced the size and weight of the engine, and by 1885 the first gasoline-powered engine was already fitted to a motorcycle.
Ford’s assembly line
Ford’s assembly line was developed to produce automobile parts quickly and cheaply. Henry Ford was looking for ways to improve his production methods and make the Model T more affordable for people. He found that by automating the process, he could reduce the cost of production and increase the speed of production. His assembly line employed overhead cranes to mount the body onto the chassis.
George Selden’s two-stroke car engine
In 1877, a Rochester lawyer named George Baldwin Selden designed the first “road engine.” The invention was an internal combustion gas engine. It took years for the patent to be issued, but by 1895, a variety of automobile manufacturers were using the Selden design.
Emil Jellinek’s Daimler-Mercedes
Jellinek’s Mercedes-Benz was a self-made millionaire, who was very proud of his success. Jellinek was also extremely prestige-minded and he was keen to attract the attention of the European aristocracy. He admired the rich and powerful and thought titles and medals were fashionable. In addition, Jellinek considered the Mercedes patent to be a nobility’s patent, and thus, he changed his name to Mercedes after acquiring it.
Ford’s Model T
The Model T is one of the most influential automobiles in history. It revolutionized mass production and brought the automobile industry to the masses in the United States and Canada. It was also an invaluable member of the armed forces and saved lives as an ambulance during World War I. Today, Ford’s Model T remains an American icon and one of the most important automobiles of the twentieth century.