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The History of the Automotive Industry
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1769: Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot builds the first self-propelled road vehicle in France.
1863: Jean-Joseph-Etienne Lenoir, a Belgian engineer, creates what is known as a the “horseless carriage."
1879: American inventor George Baldwin files the first U.S. Patent for an automobile.
1886: In Michigan, Henry Ford builds his first automobile.
1913: Ford’s Model T production rockets from 7.5 cars per hour to 146 cars per hour, thanks to the utilization of the assembly line.
1896: The Duryea brothers start the first American car manufacturing company in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is called Motor Wagons.
1940: The first four-wheel drive, all-purpose vehicle is designed for the U.S. Military. It becomes known as the Jeep.
1974: Air bags become a new car safety option in America.
1984: New York state becomes the first state with a law requiring the use of seatbelts.
1996: Due to the rising cost of gasoline and impact of global climate change, zero-emission electric vehicles become more frequently featured in auto showrooms.
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