By: Richard Ellam

First Automobile

The first automobile was made by Nicolas - Joseph Cugnot in 1769 as a expiriment. It was the first steam powered automobile capable of human transportation. In 1807 Francois Izzac de Rivaz designed the first hydrogen powered automobile. Then in 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen was invented by Karl Benz was the first gasoline powered automobile.


Why did we make automobiles? To get one individual to a desired destination faster than the horse carriage or just normal horse back. Huck and Holden were two sort of scientists who wanted to test their theory of beating a horse. Huck would represent the horse and carriage and Holden would represent the automobile. They both serve the same purpose (transportation), yet in different time periods. Holden won the race to show automobiles are faster than horse. Since then though cars have been innovated so many times to make eletric and hybrid cars to cars that can hit speeds over 100. Back then that was unimaginable, cars just couldn't go that fast.

How automobiles were used today and back then

Automobiles are for one purpose only, to get one individual to a desired destination.

How automobiles have impacted society positive/negative

Their are a lot of positive and negative things about automobiles.Here are some of the positive things about automobiles. Automobiles get you places a LOT faster than walking and faster than horse and bicycle. They also keep you cool and have a lot of safety features in case of an accident. Which leads me to some of the negative things about automobiles. They could all of a sudden stall out going down a hill or anywhere, but as long as you keep your fuel tank above empty, it won't happen. Some of the safety features could kill you, the airbags for instance come out when you get in an accident at such speed and velocity it can kill you.

Some innovations to the automobiles

Airbags - The first cars with airbags debuted in the early '70s; Chrysler was the first to make them standard in cars, in 1988.Airbags have graduated from things that simply blast out of the dashboard to more advanced devices that protect you in a rollover, cushion your knee and adjust for smaller drivers. Before: Relied on seat belts, if we wore them, to protect us.
Fold-flat rear seats - The first folding rear seats debuted in the '60s, but Honda's fold-away seats in the late-90s Odyssey, later adopted by several automakers, took the concept to a new level. Before: we relied on garage space or trunk space.

S.T.E.M. Chart

Example - Automobiles.

Science - Figured out how to make an engine.

Technology - Front and back lights.

Engineering - Safety: airbags, backup sensors. Dynamics: handling, steering, and brakes.

Math - Speedometer, Odometer.