Automobiles are a complex technical system with many subsystems that have specific design functions. These include engine performance, passenger comfort and safety, aerodynamics, and the selection and arrangement of tires and wheels. The automotive industry is a highly competitive business with the largest companies controlling most of the global market share. As a result, automotive technology is constantly changing as manufacturers strive to improve the quality and performance of their vehicles.
One of the most significant changes in the way people live and work that has occurred as a result of the automobile is the ability to travel long distances quickly and conveniently. This opens up a number of new job opportunities for people and gives them greater freedom to choose where they want to live in relation to their career. It also allows them to visit family and friends in other locations.
Having a car also frees up time that was previously spent waiting for and coordinating rides using public transportation. This saves people a lot of stress and allows them to do more things that they enjoy.
Another big change that has resulted from the automobile is the development of industries and services supplying the need for automobile parts, fuel and accessories. For example, the petroleum and rubber industries developed to supply the demand for gas and car tires. Services like gas stations, restaurants and amusement parks also became common. This has led to the creation of millions of jobs in the United States.
In addition, the automobile has allowed women to become drivers and take part in activities that were traditionally male dominated such as driving to work or going on road trips. In 1916 two women, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke made a pretty bold trip across America in order to promote the right of females to vote by decorating their cars with “votes for women” banners.
The automobile has also helped people to express their social and political views with increased ease. This is seen most notably in the 1910s and 1920s when women were pushing for their right to vote in America. They used their automobiles to campaign by driving around with “votes for women” banners and giving speeches from the back of their vehicles. This is also when compact cars from Germany and Japan began to appear on the American marketplace that were functionally designed, safe and very fuel efficient. This was in stark contrast to the “gas guzzlers” that were being produced by American automakers at this time.