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History of the Automobile (03:17)


The first car was built in 1886 and used an internal combustion engine. Henry Ford started mass producing cars in 1908. After World War II, Volkswagen began producing inexpensive cars.

The Engine (02:25)

Car engines have combustion chambers that provide propulsion. Mechanical pieces convert the energy from the pistons to rotate the wheels.

The Gearbox (01:39)

The gearbox places power generated by the engine to best use. Drivers use the clutch pedal and gearshifts to change gears.

Steering (01:10)

The steering system controls the direction of the drive wheels, which are usually the front wheels. Power steering reduces the energy necessary to turn the wheels.

The Driver (01:25)

Technological advancements make cars easier and more comfortable to control for drivers. Computerized systems alert drivers when something is wrong with a car.

Summary (02:19)

The first car was built in 1886. Modern cars use internal combustion engines. The gearbox and steering system allows the driver to control the vehicle.

Credits: Cars (00:47)

Credits: Cars

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Part of the Series : Just the Facts Technology and Society Series
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Cars are perhaps the most popular form of daily transport. Learn about the history of the car, engine, and the use of the car in modern-day society. Topics include: Gottlieb Daimler and the very first car, Henry Ford and the Model-T Ford, and Volkswagen. We’ll also cover the serious issues caused by cars, including traffic and contamination, the characteristics of an engine, and new features that enhance driver safety.

Length: 15 minutes

Item#: BVL155101

Copyright date: ©2013

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