HOME | PROGRAMS | HOSTS | EVENTS | JOBS | ABOUT | CONTACT
Web english.cri.cn  
2015-01-29 The Birthday of Automobile: A Historical Perspective
   2015-01-29 10:20:16    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Heng

Karl Benz driving on his own invention.

On January 29th, 1886, the German engine designer Karl Benz was granted the patent for his first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. The day later became known as the birthday of the modern automobile.

When Mr. Benz concentrated his intellect on his invention more than 100 years ago, he might never have foreseen the future prevalence of his invention and the transformative effects it would have on human society.

In the US, 75% of the households living below the poverty line have at least one car. China is a late comer to the auto industry, but demand is growing rapidly. In 2014, more than 23 million vehicles were manufactured and roughly the same number were sold in China. The number of private cars in China has expanded 35 times since 2000.

So, from a historical perspective, what are some of the major influences the automobile has made on human society?

Ni Hao, you're listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China, and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

Today we are joined by a technology historian from the US. He is John Heitmann, Professor of History and President of Society of Automotive Historians at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Professor Heitmann is the author of the Book "The Automobile and American Life".

 
LISTEN
 
 

 
 
LIKE US
LATEST
News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ