Invention of the Car

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The Invention of the Automobile The automobile has developed from a luxury for the rich into the standard for transportation. This development introduced changes in the places people lived, infrastructure, and formed problems for the next generation. Although the automobile has been a revolutionary invention in mobility and convenience, the modern consequences of the automobile use contributes to the use of non-renewable fossil fuels, and accidental death along with a rise in obesity and the generation of air pollution and global warming.

Although historians disagree on the actual inventor of the first American automobile, the credit is given to Charles E. and J. Frank Duryea [1]. They were the first to successfully develop and market the gasoline automobile that most resembles the cars in use today. They gained notoriety by winning the first American Automobile race in 1895 sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald [1]. When the automobile was first produced, it was a plaything for the rich. Even though it was not completely mechanically sound, automobiles became popular with the wealthy for day trips and longer duration vacations. This new invention gave people a way to go farther then the average traveler. It shrunk the size of countries. This travel couldn’t be possible without the change in the infrastructure of land. The first roads that were made for cars were the products of the Good Roads Movement. The movement was focused on building “farm-to-market roads”[1]. This allowed farmers to avoid railroads and save time. Public interest in distance and cross-country transportation led to the formation of the Lincoln Highway Association in 1913[1]. Its goal was to create a transcontinental roadway. By 1916 the highway lobby lead to the Federal Aid Road Act, it provided 75 million for improving rural roads. Since this was the first time it marked…...

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