Automobiles are wheeled vehicles powered by an engine for transporting people. They are designed to run primarily on roads and to seat one to seven people. There are many types of automobiles that differ from each other based on their shape, size, propulsion system, engine type and layout. They can be categorized by their engine position, drive type and whether they are Front-engine or rear-engine vehicles.


Automobiles allow humans to travel long distances quickly and conveniently. This has a number of advantages, such as allowing people to change their jobs and work in different locations, or to visit friends or family who live far away. It also allows people to see more of the world and can even open up new career opportunities.

The automobile revolutionized transportation in the United States and Europe. Before the invention of cars, trains were the main method of traveling long distances, but they could only carry a small number of people at a time and required a lot of track. Boats are not practical on land, and airplanes require substantial distance and fairly long runways to be effective.

The first modern automobiles were built in the late 1860s. Siegfried Marcus, working in Vienna, developed the idea of using gasoline as fuel for an internal combustion engine. He built a crude prototype that did not have seats, steering or brakes in 1870. In 1886 Karl Benz of Germany developed the world’s first successful automobile with an Otto cycle petrol (gasoline) engine.

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