Automobiles are four-wheeled vehicles that use internal combustion to convert fuel into energy to propel the vehicle. They have a passenger compartment and a trunk (storage area). They can be powered by gasoline or diesel, battery, electric motor, or other fuel such as natural gas or propane. They were first developed in the late 1800s and have had a profound impact on society and the economy.
The automobile has brought people closer together and created new industries such as restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, etc. It also created a new type of leisure activities such as road trips and camping. It has also impacted the environment by creating air pollution and draining dwindling world oil reserves. The automobile has also caused many traffic problems and led to government requirements such as seatbelts, highway rules, driver’s licenses, etc.
Today the auto industry is a vital part of our country’s economy, supporting jobs across all 50 states. From cutting-edge facilities that assemble millions of cars and trucks every year to major transportation infrastructure that exports finished products around the globe, American automakers are a driving force in America’s future.