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A Brief History of Motion

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Tom Standage

There have been many uses for the wheel since ancient times. Chariots helped turn kings into god-like heroes in the days, and Romans used carts for practical purposes. Then, our societies decided to adopt automobiles to relieve themselves of horse pollution and noise. A boom in the car industry created more emissions and noise as cars became more affordable and alluring as symbols of elegance. We live in a society that has grown increasingly car-centric in recent years. In most cities and towns worldwide, cars have taken precedence over people in urban design. Despite that, new policies are starting to put people first after the COVID-19 pandemic and global warming. Smartphone-based technology may also better serve people than owning a car, given the continuing development of automated vehicles and alternative fuels.

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In addition to tracing the evolution of the automobile, A Brief History of Motion highlights possible futures for the automotive industry. Looking back at how humankind invented the wheel, steam engines worked, and automated cars changed our world, you'll discover how these vehicles altered history and caused unforeseen problems.

Book summary

There have been many uses for the wheel since ancient times. Chariots helped turn kings into god-like heroes in the days, and Romans used carts for practical purposes. Then, our societies decided to adopt automobiles to relieve themselves of horse pollution and noise. A boom in the car industry created more emissions and noise as cars became more affordable and alluring as symbols of elegance. We live in a society that has grown increasingly car-centric in recent years. In most cities and towns worldwide, cars have taken precedence over people in urban design. Despite that, new policies are starting to put people first after the COVID-19 pandemic and global warming. Smartphone-based technology may also better serve people than owning a car, given the continuing development of automated vehicles and alternative fuels.

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Innovations and roads from the Roman Age ultimately led to carriages and trains later in history.

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Price reductions led to a change in attitudes towards cars.

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Status symbols began to be associated with cars in the 1920s.

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Cars were roaring in the 1930s, and governments were trying to keep up with the outcomes.

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Transportation apps that bundle vehicles are becoming more popular as automated vehicles remain out of reach.

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