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Inventing the Modern Car

INVENTING THE MODERN CAR IN THE BEGINNING American car manufacturer, Henry Ford, invented an improved assembly line and installed the first conveyor belt-based assembly line. The assembly line reduced production costs for cars by reducing assembly time. Ford's famous Model T was Rekand. The Packard Automobile On January 29, Karl Benz received the first patent for a gas-fuelled car. Company installed the first instance of a rudimentary automobile air conditioning system. assembled in ninety-three minutes. First AinCanditioned Auto 1885 1886 1888 1913-14 1930 1939 Gottlieb Daimler invented what is often recognized as the 'prototype of the modern gas engine - with a vertical cylinder, and with gasoline injected through a carburettor. Daimler first built a two-wheeled First Commercial in-car The Flocken Elektrowagen of 1888 by German inventor Andreas Flocken is regarded radio launched by The Galvin brothers' as the first real electric car of the world. vehicle the "Reitwagen" with this engine and a year later built the world's first four-wheeled motor vehicle. 40 YEARS OF INNOVATION 1981 1977 1975 TO PRESENT 1973 TO PRESENT 1971 1970 The McLaren Formula 1 Ford team were the first to use carbon fiber in their McLaren MP4/1 car in Mercedes-Benz S-Class electronic anti-lock BMW 3 Series Ford introduces the first the 3 Series has been an attempt to increase protection for the driver while also shedding car commercially available on Car and Driver magazine's annual braking system, supplemental restraint airbags in an experimental ▪ airbags, seat belt pretensioners, and fleet. Ten Best list 17 weight. This has since times, making it the longest running entry in the list. become common practice. electronic traction control systems all made their debut on the S-Class. These features would later become standard throughout the car industry. !! Cassette-Tape Players - The rollout of i cassettes. This development heralded I' the creation of branded aftermarket i cassette-tape players from Alpine and ! Pioneer, among others. 1982 Remote-control keys were first seen in 1982, on the Renault Fuego 1983 From 31 January, it becomes compulsory for drivers and passengers in the UK (adult and children) to wear seat belts for a three-year trial period. Over 90% of drivers complied at that time and still do. 185,2 1988 Head-up displays (HUD) first appeared in production cars, usually accredited to General Motors. 1996 The first full production car to feature a reverse-assist camera: the Toyota Soarer Limited. 1997 The '97 Toyota Prius was the first mass production hybrid. 1997 TO PRESENT Toyota Prius - launched in the Japanese market in September 2010, it reached worldwide cumulative sales of two million units, becoming the best known hybrid electric vehicle in the world. 1998 TO PRESENT Ford Focus - one of the most popular hatchbacks across the globe, also one of Ford's best-selling world cars. TOYOTA 2003 Toyota began to sell their Japanese Prius hybrid vehicle with an automatic parallel parking capability offered as an option. S.OK 8612 2007 Smart began to field test the Fortwo Electric Drive, an all-electric battery powered city car. At the time of the trials, the car had a range of 68 miles, but this was increased to 90 miles for its third generation (2011). 2010 TO PRESENT Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt - an all-electric car and a plug-in hybrid respectively, were launched in the U.S. and Japanese markets in December 2010, becoming the first mass production vehicles of their kind. 2011 Volvo introduced their 'pedestrian detection system', a set of intelligent sensors that detect pedestrians in the path of the car and apply the brake automatically, if necessary, in order to avoid serious collisions. 2012 Google show off their 'driverless' car system fitted to a Toyota Prius with a video of Steve Mahan, a man who has lost 95% of his vision, being driven to a restaurant, the dry cleaners, and finally back to his house. 2013 The first car to feature solely LED lighting systems was the Mercedes S-Class WHAT METALS ARE USED IN CARS? STEEL ALUMINUM CAST IRON TITANIUM A corrosion resistant material that has very specific applications within the automotive industry The most widely used The second most used Declined usage within the automotive industry, replaced by lighter, more corrosion material in the metals in cars in manufacturing of cars. percentage terms. resistant materials. Easily worked and extremely hard wearing Up to 90% of the Aluminium An expensive material that is stronger and more lightweight It has seen use in cylinder blocks and cylinder heads as well as gearbox cases. used in construction is than steel. recycled at the end of a vehicle's life. Used in applications such as engine blocks, body panels, chassis, Usually used in components requiring a high degree of Used in engine blocks, chassis, body panels, crumple zones and interior detailing. corrosion resistance and and wheels. durability, such as valve springs. There are over 1 Billion cars in use across the world today. The average car has 30,000 parts China is the largest producer of cars on the planet, in 2013 a staggering 22 million cars came from there – that's enough to give the population of Portugal 2 cars each! Toyota is the world's largest car manufacturers with sales of 9.98 million, General Motors are second at 9.71 million and VW at 9.7 million. The car is the most recycled product in the world. The most expensive car ever sold was at auction was a Mercedes-Benz W196 driven by F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio to his second title. It was sold for £17.5 million at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The longest current production car is the extended wheelbase version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, measuring at over 6m. (It's also the heaviest at 2.7 long tons and the tallest at 1.6m) Sources http://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-history-of-car-radios http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12691062 metals4U where the trade goes! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car-manufacturers/toyota/ 10594637/Toyota-still-the-worlds-biggest-car-manufacturer.html http://www.proteanelectric.com/en/what-they-are-saying/rethinking -electric-cars-part-10-green-energy-news/

Inventing the Modern Car

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The modern car is packed full of technology that in becoming the norm we have probably became unaware of. Starting at the humble birth of the auto-mobile, we have tracked through time to highlight the...

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