A car (or automobile) is a wheeled, self-powered motor vehicle used for transportation and a product of the automotive industry.
Cars are equipped with controls used for driving, parking, passenger comfort and safety, and controlling a variety of lights.
Cars did not become widely available until the early 20th century.
One of the first cars that was accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company.
The costs to society of car use include: maintaining roads, land use, road congestion, air pollution, public health, health care, and disposing of the vehicle at the end of its life.
The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car.
In that year, German inventor Karl Benz built the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.