It is impossible to say that any one man invented the automobile. Many individuals living and working in different countries and at different times contributed to its development. Many of the discoveries that went into the creation of the automobile were small in themselves. But together they were important. Here are two examples.
“Carriage is running at a speed of 8 to 9 miles an hour.” It was almost unheard of in those days. According to automobile historians, this was the first practical use of mechanical power to move a vehicle. After its first run, the machine reportedly burned up while the inventor and his friends were celebrating its success at a pub.
Henry Ford is considered the father of modern automobiles mass production. His famous Model-T car, because of its low price, made it possible to produce cars on a large scale and his efforts made it accessible to ordinary people.
Automobiles, as a product of modern civilization, have been playing a vital part in the daily activities of human society.
Industry needs automobiles for farming as well as transportation. Every day, automobiles drive people to and from work. On weekends automobiles take families for joyful outings. And during holiday seasons, automobiles fill the highways everywhere, even in remote areas. It could be said that the wheels of automobiles move society forward.
But automobiles have also given rise to a series of problems. For example, cities are overcrowded with automobiles. They create a lot of noise and traffic accidents which disable or kill many people each year. Worst of all perhaps is the air pollution caused by the exhaust gases produced by automobiles.
Some of the gases are highly toxic and a serious health hazard.
Obviously, the use of automobiles, like anything else, has both advantages and disadvantages. While they are so in dispensable to mankind they also bring serious problems. We only can hope that people will eventually find a satisfactory solution to the problems caused by them.