Limousines, sedans, crossovers, hybrid cars, SUVs, Performance cars, and convertibles are only some of the most popular cars that ply the busy streets every single day. Every year, it seems that manufacturers are able to produce new breeds of cars to meet the rising demands of consumers. The latest models often come with Bluetooth capability, wifi access, GPS, leather seats, blind spot warning systems, and many other luxuries, which were not at all present in any of the cars built centuries ago. So how have cars changed overtime? What were the features offered by the first cars and how have time improved cars in terms of speed and functionality?
Cars in the 18th Century
The 18th century marked the beginning of the automobile era. It was during this time that the first ever self-propelled mobile car was built. The car worked through the power that comes from a steam-engine and only had three wheels, making it look like an improvement of the horse-drawn carriage. While it was a breakthrough in technology during that time, it had very limited capabilities; it only ran at a speed of 2 and half miles per hour and could not be used in areas that were not perfectly flat. It was also prone to accidents, given its lack of controls and proper weight distribution.
Cars in the 19th Century
With the invention of the steam-engine car, many inventors experimented on creating their own innovations. In the 19th century, the electric cars were born. The first electric car used an electric motor, which sourced its power from rechargeable batteries. This car had better speed compared to the steam-engine model, but like the first car ever built, it also had to stop every once in a while for recharging. Improvements were later made to the electric car and in 1842, other electric car models were built. The new generation of electric cars used non-rechargeable batteries and were a lot better compared to the first invention.
Modern Automobiles: Cars of the 20th Century
At the onset of the 20th century, particularly in early 1900s, new generations of cars were built and sold to the public. These cars used fuel instead of steam or electricity for power. These were dubbed as the modern automobiles and were the precursors of today’s luxury cars, Luxury SUV, hybrid cars, and many other high-end models. Three types of fuel were used to power these cars. These include gas, kerosene, and diesel. A gasoline-injected carburetor is used to inject fuel into these modern cars.
Cars have gone a long way since the first invention. These days, a Performance car does not only go at high speed; it also sports other functions and features, such as windshields, voice activation, security alarms, leather seats, hands-free Bluetooth, collision mitigation systems, adjustable suspensions, backup cameras, audio systems, and many more. All these features were not present in earlier models and were not enjoyed by people of the past. With the advent of technologies, manufacturers are even more innovative, trying to come up with better features not only for the modern cars of today but for the automobiles of tomorrow as well.