Automobiles are vehicles that people use to get from one place to another. They usually have four wheels and are powered by internal combustion engines that run on a volatile fuel. They were first invented by Karl Benz in 1885. Other inventors and engineers made improvements to cars and created different designs.

Today, automobiles are a major part of society. They are used for personal transportation, transporting goods and materials, and for other purposes. There are also special cars that people use for work, such as crane vehicles on construction sites and fork-lifts in a warehouse.

There have been many accidents involving automobiles. These accidents have caused a lot of deaths and injuries. Some of these accidents were caused by the driver’s distraction or speeding. Some were caused by mechanical problems, such as the car breaking down. Other accidents were caused by road conditions or weather. There have been a number of laws put into place to help prevent automobile accidents.

The most common way to control an automobile is with a steering wheel and brake pedals. The engine is usually mounted in the front of the vehicle. Some of the oldest automobiles had steam engines. The gasoline internal combustion engine became popular in the 1910s.

Consumer Reports ranked automobile brands based on their road-test score, assessments from reliability and owner satisfaction surveys, safety results, and other factors. BMW topped the list for the first time this year, beating Subaru. Other notable brands included Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis.

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