The Evolution Of Cars

Aug 29, 2017 · 4 min read

Outside of electricity and the internet, the automobile is may be the invention we rely on the most today. From necessity to hobby, the car plays a huge role in our everyday lives. Take a look at how the car has grown from idea to automated.


  • The first idea of a car appeared in 1769, along with the invention of the steam engine. The steam engine had a metal frame with seats and could carry several people.


  • In 1886 German inventor Karl Benz built the first car powered by an internal-combustion engine.
  • In 1888 There were more cars running on electricity than gasoline at the end of the 19th century. Cheap gasoline and the fact that electric cars could not travel for long distances caused them to fall out of favor.
  • In 1891, the first Peugeot appears.
  • In 1898, Renault produces its first car.


  • In the 1900, the electric engine sees light.
  • In 1902, the US gives to the world the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, meaning the Oldsmobile. Little after that, the Cadillac, Winton Automobile and Ford Motor Company appeared on the market, with thousands of vehicle created every year.
  • In 1903, the automobile industry explodes in Western Europe, with France producing more than 30.000 units, representing almost 50% of the world’s entire production.
  • -Between 1908 and 1927, the Ford Model T forever changed the industry in terms of design and number of cars created, exceeding 1914 the 250.000 mark.
  • -Between 1920 and 1930, new companies appear: Chrysler, Pontiac, Plymouth.
  • -In 1922, the first car to have a unitary body is invented: the Lancia Lambda.
  • -In 1935, with the addition of the turn signal, cars started to be able to indicate their intentions to other drivers, and really interact with their direct environment.
  • -In 1939, the Second World War puts a stop on the industry’s development, but the US gave the world, through Chrysler, the Jeep, because of the necessity to have all-road vehicles on the European battlefield.
  • -In 1946, the first 10.000 Volkswagen Beetle are constructed. Having an immense success all over Europe, the Germans decided to export it in the US, where the people were thrilled to have it.
  • -In 1948, a blind man named Ralph Teeter developed the first modern cruise control. By the 1990s, adaptive cruise control emerged and cars began adapting to obstacles before resuming their set speed.
  • -In 1949, all over the US you could find the 8 cylinder V motors, with high compression, or the V8 motor, to put it slightly. Cadillac, General Motors and Oldsmobile started to turn their attention to the cars aerodynamics.
  • -In the 50s, speed and horsepower know a constant growth, the body design becomes more beautiful by the day, and all over the world cars are shipped and created.
  • -In 1963, the Porsche 911 sees the asphalt, becoming on of the greatest sport car in history.
  • -In 1970, the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is developed
  • -In 1978, the Maserati Bora comes to the market, being the fastest car ever, reaching almost 180 miles/ hour.
  • -After the 70s, the SUV appears in USA, the Jeep Wagoneer. In Europe, the first SUV is created by Great Britain, and it is called Range Rover.
  • -In 1981, Computer Car Stricter emission laws led to the creation of microprocessors that monitored the effectiveness of vehicle emissions control systems, this ultimately led to the standardized On-Board Diagnostics protocol.
  • -In 1992, Volkswagen unveiled parking technology using four-wheel steering, allowing it to move sideways to parallel park. It wasn’t until 2003, however, that Toyota offered the first commercial Automated Parking System on its Prius.
  • -In 1995, Mapping Mobility Navigation Systems, or GPS, allows for the continuous tracking and mapping of a car’s position.
  • -In 1997, the Toyota Prius launched in Japan in 1997.


  • In 2008, On-Board Wi-Fi appears, the technology has potential applications in updating a car’s software remotely, and could be used to easily implement connected car software in the future.
  • -In 2009, the tech giant, Google, quickly became the face of self-driving cars.
  • -In 2015, Tesla’s Model S has a unique combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors, and data to automatically steer down the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic.


Written by

CAKNOW is a mobile app changing the automotive industry by bringing fast and affordable car repair and maintenance services to your fingertips.