Currently, automobiles are used to transport people and materials, and most definitions indicate that they run on roads and seat one to eight people. Some other definitions indicate that they are motor vehicles with four wheels. They also indicate that they are mainly used to transport people.
Ford Model T
Until Henry Ford’s Model T, horses were the king of the road. During the early days of the automobile, horse drawn trucks were used to transport goods across the country.
The Model T was a small, light-weight, and affordable car. In fact, the Model T was the first mass-produced car to be built in the United States. The first production Model T went on sale in October 1908, and production lasted nearly 19 years.
Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft
Founded in 1886 by Gottlieb Daimler, the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) was the precursor to Daimler-Benz AG. DMG began as a company in Cannstatt, but later moved to Berlin. In 1890, it began producing stationary engines for Russia, and in 1910, it delivered the first marine engines to Russia.
During the First World War, the factory produced a large number of aircraft engines, but the Treaty of Versailles prohibited its production. The factory later began selling licenses to other manufacturers for Daimler engines.
Benz & Cie
Benz & Cie Automobiles is a German automobile manufacturing company. It was founded by Carl Benz in 1883 in Mannheim. In 1926, Benz & Cie merged with Daimler Motors, making Daimler-Benz AG. This merged company was one of the largest automobile manufacturing companies in the world.
Benz & Cie was founded by Karl Benz, who is considered the father of the automobile. His first automobile was the Benz Patent Motorwagen, which was sold commercially in late summer 1888. The car was intended to demonstrate the practicality of the vehicle in live marketing. The car had a four-stroke internal combustion engine between the rear wheels. It had a water cooling system, differential gears, electric ignition, and a speed regulation system.
Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development
TRI-AD is Toyota’s new R&D division that will work to improve the company’s software capability and safety systems. It was founded in March, and will be based in Tokyo. Toyota plans to invest $2.8 billion over the next several years in TRI-AD.
TRI-AD will focus on developing fully integrated automated driving software, and it will link with the company’s self-driving software. The company will also include staff from Toyota Group Companies.
Oil consumption has increased rapidly
Considering the fact that automobiles are responsible for about 90% of the world’s energy consumption, it isn’t surprising that oil consumption has been on the rise for quite some time. Although this doesn’t mean that oil is no longer the energy source of choice, it does mean that oil supply is becoming increasingly deficient. Hopefully, innovations in alternative fuels and technologies will provide a new source of energy and reduce the oil crunch.