Why celebrating World Automobile Day on Jan 29? Take a look

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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World Automobile Day is celebrated on January 29th in order to commemorate the day in 1886 when Karl Benz, a German inventor, applied for a patent for his Motorwagen, which is considered the world’s first practical automobile powered by a petrol engine.

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen played a crucial role in the development of the automotive industry and paved the way for the modern automobiles we have today. The Automobile Day is a day acknowledges the significance of automobiles in shaping our world and recognizing the contributions of inventors like Karl Benz.

Indeed, Karl Benz is often hailed as the “Father of the Car” due to his groundbreaking invention of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. His creation marked a significant milestone in the history of transportation, as it was the first commercially available automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. The Benz Patent-Motorwagen had a three-wheeled design, and it ran on gasoline, making it the precursor to modern automobiles.

Benz Patent-Motorwagen
Benz Patent-Motorwagen

Benz built his first four-wheeled car in 1891. Benz & Cie., the company started by the inventor, became the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles by 1900. Benz was the first inventor to integrate an internal combustion engine with a chassis, designing both together.

However, 117 years prior, French inventor Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot had already constructed the first steam-powered road vehicle in 1769. Then, 39 years later, in 1808, François Isaac de Rivaz, a French-Swiss inventor, designed and built the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine.

The American-made Model T, manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in 1908, became the first car that gained wide dominance in the market. Released at a price affordable to the general public, this car was quickly adopted in the United States. It rapidly overtook horse-drawn carriages and established the ‘Ford Model T’ as a favorite in the market.

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From the first car patent, in just 138 years, we have progressed to autonomous cars that operate without human involvement and even to vehicles capable of flying. Indeed, by 2036, marking 150 years since the first practical car, the Benz Motorwagen, it is expected that our roads will be dominated by autonomous vehicles powered by the most eco-friendly fuels.

Future of Automobile Industry

In a few years, flying cars might become a reality. Numerous successful prototypes have already been developed in this field, making the concept of flying cars no longer a marvel to us today. Indeed, considering the journey of modern Homo sapiens, who, according to fossil and DNA evidence, evolved approximately 300,000 years ago, the past 138 years represent an astonishing journey of advancement and innovation.

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