The automobile, engine of today’s society
The documentary ***Ideas that changed the world***, by Movistar+, explains how the automobile has been a revolution for society, going from the first vehicle pulled by animals in prehistory to the first car created by Carl Benz.
The car It is one of the inventions that has most revolutionized the history of mankind. The car is considered by many to be a symbol of liberty and also the seal of identity of a country.
There are currently in circulation 32 billion cars that help us travel long distances in matter of hours when our ancestors it took days in doing it. But the question is, how did they come up with the idea of looking for a vehicle to take less time?
The documentary Ideas that revolutionized the worldavailable in Movistar+tells us about the evolution of an invention that has become a indispensable element for many users.
From walking to the invention of the wheel and axle
In the Prehistoryin the Ice Age to be exact, the human being traveled on foot and traveled many kilometers daily. But they saw that they weren’t that fast like the animals that inhabited at that time and that came to suppose a problem for hunting.
For this reason, they began to use sleds pulled by domestic wolves. The problem is that the use of the sled was only effective on terrain such as snow.
To move around other terrains, the wheels and axlesalthough they were imprecise tools and a stronger material was needed and one that could be molded with precision such as iron that appeared in the Mesopotamian era.
The engine and the industrial revolution
With the arrival of steam machine The idea of using said creation as a motor appears. james watt was the pioneer in creating a steam engine and perfected the external combustion engine, becoming a much larger engine. More powerful thanks to the piston cooling system.
Watt’s advance led to the use of the steam as a viable energy source and fueled one of humanity’s great advances: the industrial Revolution.
There was only one unforeseen event, the steam engine was too big and would only serve for the railway.
The first car and its marketing strategy
To talk about first car we have to go back years after the industrial revolution when Carl Benz created the first car in history.
Benz used a engine identical to Watt’sbut small in size and used a derived from petroleum What fuelwhich, at that time, were sold in pharmacies.
Benz’s car was a great novelty, but there was a downside: in 1886 infrastructure did not exist gas stations and workshops. For this reason, Carl Benz’s invention was a failure and failed to sell a single vehicle.
So how did he become so successful? The reason he succeeded was because of Carl Benz’s wife, Bertha Benzwhich showed that that car was capable of large displacements.
As it did? She used her husband’s prototype for a trip over a hundred kilometers away. Along the way Bertha Benz was adding elements that would mean a revolution for means of transport such as the shoe brake.
This fact reached the ears of the whole world and served as a publicity stunt so that the new invention was the most requested by users.
A future with autonomous cars?
From the creation of the first vehicle to the present, the car has been in constant evolution.
One of the most notorious examples was the passing of the (2040 horizon without cars diesel gasoline started) to the use of hybrid or electric motors. Currently the electric cars are the order of the day, but an achievement has also been achieved that a priori could be impossible, which is the use of smart cars.
The smart vehicles they are serving to avoid any type of risk that the driver and his occupants may suffer on the road. On Telephonein collaboration with SEAT and DGTopt for a system of drone connected cars to prevent all kinds of dangers that are found on the route.
The next step is to get autonomous vehicles that they are able to move on their own. They already exist, although there is still a long time before we see these models more frequently on our roads.