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Things On Wheels
Author: J H McIntosh
Humans have been moving from one location to another since our beginning. For most of our history, legs and feet were our means of transportation. As technology developed, we have continually improved on ways to get from where we are to where we want to be.
In a sense, motorized things with wheels are a kind of “time machine”. If you think “time machine” is a bit too hyperbolic, just compare how long it would take to drive from Boston to San Diego in a modern SUV versus walking the same distance.
We can thank Germany’s Gottlieb Daimler for creating this “time machine” way back in 1896. That is when they invented the motor vehicle. At four-horsepower, a belt drive, two forward speeds, and one reverse speed, it was a far cry from what is available today, but it was a beginning.
Cars, especially sedans are a popular and traditional mode of transportation. Today the race is on to perfect the autonomous vehicle. In reality, for a driver-less car to function safely it must collect a range of information from the outside world. To make decisions that best protect our safety, the autonomous car must process data from its surroundings like traffic, pedestrians, weather, road conditions, vehicle condition, the presence of service and fueling stations, accident avoidances, etc.
Autonomous vehicles will eventually connect with other vehicles as well as the environment through numerous sensors. Additionally, passengers will have access to a variety of internet services, including Wi-Fi, cloud, media, information, and entertainment.
Trucks are larger than most cars and offer more versatility. That becomes very apparent if you are trying to transport a sheet of plywood in a sedan.
In 2020 it was reported for the first-time that pickup sales overtook sedan sales.
The rise of the SUV as a popular vehicle was remarkably rapid. Initially, SUVs were not as comfortable as sedans, but it is clear to anyone who has driven a recent model, today’s SUVs lack nothing in comfort. SUVs are a great choice for those who prefer a little more steel between themselves and the road.
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Although many automakers tout small cars as comfortable, the reality is, with more space comes a higher level of comfort. That explains the popularity of vans among families with children. The ease of driving and the high level of comfort make vans as good a choice as it gets for getting kids to the soccer game or for extended family journeys.
Anyone cramming bags, kids, Mom, and Dad into a small car, will concur, especially around the one-hundred-mile mark of a thousand-mile trip.
Vans are also an excellent choice for commercial use. If your business requires “wheels” greater than a car but less than a truck, a van could be the perfect solution.