The history of automobiles begins in the late 18th century, when German engineer Gottlieb Daimler developed a prototype of the modern gasoline engine. He then worked as a technical director for Deutz Gasmotorenfabrik. Otto co-owned the company in 1872 and was credited with building the world’s first motorcycle.
Automobiles are self-propelled vehicles that have four wheels and are capable of carrying a large number of passengers. Some definitions say that motorcycles do not qualify as automobiles, but many courts disagree. While they do have four wheels and can carry a large number of passengers, they do not have four seats.
The term “automobile” is used often, and people can use it interchangeably. Legal matters can get very nit-picky over which term is correct. Motorcycles are auto-propelled, and may even fall under the umbrella category of automobiles. While motorcycles are classified as vehicles, many people don’t give them much thought.
Motorcycles are more fuel-efficient than automobiles. The BMW R 1250 GS is estimated to achieve over 50 miles per gallon. That’s an impressive number and far outpaces the 25-mpg performance of the Audi Q5 Sport Back 45 TFSI Quattro. In fact, the thirstiest motorcycle beat the Ford Focus.
Automobiles are complex technical systems, with thousands of component parts. These parts evolved from advances in existing technologies, innovations in new technologies, and competition among manufacturers.