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Development of
the car

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 What is the
 history and future
 of the car?

When was the car invented?

Many families didn't have a car until the 1960s, since then we have become rather reliant on them in our everyday lives. How they look and perform has also become increasingly important to us.

However, the car was not invented in a day by one person. Gradually, over hundreds of years, thanks to the work of lots of people, the car evolved to look like the vehicle we recognise today. It continues to evolve and cars of the future will probably look very different from cars today.

Many new inventions had to happen for the car to be created. Each new and original invention can apply for a patent. It is thought that modern cars may use over 100,000 patents.

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