Before the late 1800s prior to the invention of the first car by Carl Benz in 1886. People used to travel to different places on foot. These journeys were long and tiresome. Germany was the first country that started using gas engine cars. This new technology was widely appreciated. Resultantly Germany made great fortunes by export. The cars being so huge in size could not be exported as a whole. Hence, they were sent in parts and then reassembled.
Cars nowadays are different from what they were like in the past. Today Cars are more efficient, more comfortable and much faster. With modern-day cars, you can travel between cities within a few hours. This feat used to be achieved in days and months. Cars have now become an essential part of our lives. At one time having a car was considered a luxury but now it has become more of a necessity. People need cars to go to work, schools and other excursions.
How Cars Have Evolved
As illustrated in the picture above you can see that modern-day cars are very different from what they used to be back in the 1900s. Cars of the present have better engines better headlights and are more spacious. The Highbeam in the headlights allows the driver to see clearly at night while traveling. This prevents many road accidents. This HighBeam can be regarded as one of the biggest achievements for headlight manufacturers.
When exporting these cars the different parts are sent to importing countries. These parts are then assembled in the country that imports them. For this purpose, product sourcing agents are used to get work done efficiently. The more comfortable seating makes you feel as if you are sitting on one of Keekea’s tables and chairs. Cars are also available in different sizes and price ranges and you can pick the one that best suits you.
These advancements make us realize how far mankind has come. We may have struggled but it was worth it. Our hard work has enabled us to live more comfortable and productive lives. Cars are no doubt an essential part of our lives and a symbol of success in our society. Automobiles of the future are expected to be even better than they are today. This just goes on to show us that advancements can not be stopped.
Are Cars Harmful?
As always, where there is positivity, negativity lurks in the background. Below are some of the negative effects automobiles have had over the years.
Many wonder how the desire to get more cars is balanced with the rise in pollution. The solution lies with hybrid electric vehicles and smart traffic information. This conundrum has sparked a lot of technological and legislative innovations. However, these changes have had minimal effect on the function and performance of our urban transportation networks, which have barely changed in the last 50 years.
Passenger vehicles are a substantial source of pollution, emitting large volumes of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants. Transportation emitted more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as over a quarter of the hydrocarbons, into our atmosphere in 2013.
The dangers of air pollution on one’s health are enormous. Poor air quality exacerbates respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis, raises the risk of life-threatening disorders such as cancer, and costs our healthcare system a lot of money. Each year, particulate matter is responsible for up to 30,000 premature deaths.
2. Wastage Of Resources
Conventional vehicles, as exceptional consumer products, may last for more than ten years with minimum maintenance and resist massive forces if they crash. However, someone must still hold the steering wheel and operate the pedals. They have a large carbon footprint because they run on combustion engines and petroleum fuels. They also take up a lot of room. They’re also an unnecessary luxury, sitting unused for 90% of the time on average and costing more than $8,000 per year to own and operate.
According to authors William Mitchell, Christopher Borroni-Bird, and Lawrence Burns, the solution is to “reinvent the automobile” to meet the expanding demand for automobiles in India, China, and the rest of the world’s megacities. They suggest an ultra-small electric or hydrogen-powered car that will not create the environmental and social damage that current versions do, particularly in cities.
Reinventing the Automobile is a daring initiative that aims to overturn more than a century of automobile and urban design. It proposes four main ideas: change basic car design principles; connect vehicles wirelessly to share information on roads and traffic; establish ‘smart’ electricity grids that manage energy supply and demand; and impose real-time pricing and travel-on-demand services to give people more flexibility and lower transportation costs.
Cars are a very valuable invention but the harmful effects due to their use on the environment are also very grave and hence improvements have to be made to continue their use.
Clean vehicle and fuel technologies offer a cost-effective and readily available approach to lowering transportation-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, Fuel-efficient vehicles that use less oil, cleaner fuels that emit fewer pollutants, and electric automobiles and trucks that can eliminate tailpipe emissions.