A car is a wheeled motor vehicle that is used for transportation. Most definitions of cars say that they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four wheels, and mainly transport people instead of goods. The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the car, when German inventor Carl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available during the 20th century. One of the first cars affordable by the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal-drawn carriages and carts. In Europe and other parts of the world, demand for automobiles did not increase until after World War II. The car is considered an essential part of the developed economy. Cars have controls for driving, parking, passenger comfort, and a variety of lights. Over the decades, additional features and controls have been added to vehicles, making them progressively more complex.

Read more in the app

Inhaling Car Fumes Can Change a Brain's Connectivity in Just 2 Hours, Study Finds

Car-sized asteroid will pass extremely close to Earth tonight

Making the Entire U.S. Car Fleet Electric Could Cause Lithium Shortages

CAR T cell therapy may eliminate tumor cells missed by surgery

New biomarker for early prediction of response to CAR-T cell therapy

Car Preheating Produces More Particulate Emissions Than Driving Dozens of Miles

Women are 73% more likely to be injured – and 17% more likely to die – in a vehicle crash, partly because test dummies modeled on female bodies are rarely used in safety tests by car manufacturers

Electric car sales drive toward cleaner air, longer lives

Why you may never be able to buy your own self-driving car

CAR T cell therapy reaches beyond cancer

Scientists Unearth a Prehistoric Marine Turtle the Size of a Car

NASA needs a new moon car for off-roading astronauts at the lunar south pole

NASA needs a new moon car for off-roading astronauts at the lunar south pole

Researchers find treatment options for patients whose blood cancer relapses after CAR-T

Annual US clock change kills 33 people and 36,500 deer in car crashes

Passenger car preheating produces as much particulate emissions as driving dozens of kilometers

Russian cosmonaut who commanded space station struck pedestrian with car

Battery Tech Breakthrough: 10-Minute Charge Time Paves Way for Mass Adoption of Affordable Electric Car

A remote-controlled car with a flag on a pole can herd cattle

Battery tech breakthrough paves way for mass adoption of affordable electric car