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History of the modern car

Although we love our modern day cars and the comforts they bring, things weren’t always this way.

In fact, looking back to the very first cars and their subsequent iterations, it’s clear that we haven’t just come a long way - we’ve advanced in leaps and bounds, beyond our wildest dreams.

And the best part? Things just keep getting better and better.

We thought we’d take a look at some key milestones in the history of the modern day car we know and love.

1. 1769: The first steam-powered vehicle is developed by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.

2. 1886: The first gasoline-powered car is invented by Karl Benz.

3. 1908: The Ford Model T is unveiled, revolutionising the car industry.

4. 1914: The first electric car is developed by Charles Kettering and Thomas Edison.

5. 1925: The first production car with a full-time four-wheel drive system is released.

6. 1948: The first mass-produced automatic transmission is released by General Motors.

7. 1956: The first fuel injection system is released by Bosch.

8. 1967: The first production car with an airbag is released.

9. 1973: The first production car with a catalytic converter is released.

10. 1985: The first production car with antilock brakes (ABS) is released.

It makes us wonder, if so many key features all came about so recently - How much will the modern day car change in the near future? How will cars even look in 10 or 20 years? Do you have any guesses?

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