Nowadays, cars are an essential part of modern life and the automobile industry is one of the most profitable and includes a large number of companies that are dedicated to design and develop better and faster motor vehicles every year. However, a few centuries ago this vast industry was just in its infancy. Horse drawn buggies were the main means of transportation and traveling from one town to another was a long and tiring process. As early as the 17th century, both engineers and enthusiasts alike were trying to create a faster and more practical means of transport that will replace the slow horse drawn buggy. So, who was the clever master mind who invented the first automobile? Well, the truth is it would be unfair to pinpoint just one inventor because in my opinion the creation and development of automobiles was a worldwide effort.
Various people from different countries contributed to the development of self-powered road vehicles, which means the history of the car as we know it today is a long and interesting one. The first steam-powered vehicle was created by Nicolas Joseph Cugnot, a French inventor and engineer. Despite this, in many history books he is not mentioned as the creator of the car and credit goes to either Karl Benz or Gottlieb Daimler. That is so because both of them were highly successful German engineers who developed gasoline-powered vehicles that were more practical than the steam-powered one of Cugnot.
In 1885, Benz built the first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine, while Daimler was the one who improved the design of the internal combustion engine, thus creating the first prototype of the modern gas engine. Their inventions helped another engineer Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, to develop the Model T in 1903, which is the first mass-produced car in the automobile industry. Model T not only worked in a similar way as the cars we use today, but it also had various similarity in design and appearance. Most of these similarities refer to the exterior of the car, but the interior looked nothing like the one of modern automobiles. The interior of the Model T automobile consisted of basic elements like seats, steering wheel, gear lever and peddles.
Thanks to improvements in design and technology, these days modern automobiles come with practical and modern elements like a GPS system, radio, leather seats, mats for cars, arm rests, air conditioning and many more. Compared to earlier models, even the ones produced a few decades ago, the interior of the modern car indeed looks more luxurious. Leather seats enhance comfort, advanced GPS systems allow us to easily arrive at the desired destination and stylish and durable mats for cars are designed to not only enhance the look of the interior, but also help keep the car clean. Properly fitted car mats add function and style to the car’s interior and protect the interior carpet from dirt, spills and staining. Just like leather seats, they have the purpose to add comfort and make driving more enjoyable.
From rubber to vinyl, mats for cars can be made from many different materials. Rubber mats are the most popular ones since they are designed to be highly resistant to wear and tear and can quickly soak in water and mud. Moreover, unlike vinyl mats that tend to be slippy and don’t stick well on the interior carpet, rubber mats are non-slip and therefore won’t hinder pedal use. This is the feature that makes them the safest type of mat.
Automobiles have really come a long way since they were first designed a few centuries ago and we should praise the clever inventors like Cugnot, Benz, Daimler and Ford who paved the way for the fast, reliable and modern means of transport we all enjoy today.