The invention of the vehicle is the most important invention for the continued progression of the modern life. Boats, ships, car, lorries, planes and bicycles are all versions of vehicles. There are so many different types that sometimes it is difficult to remember them all.
Simple rafts are the earliest forms of vehicles known for more than 8000 years. Of course water vessels have changed greatly since those early days but the principle is still the same. Get something that floats and find something to power it. Oars, propellers and poles. Now we have super cruisers. Ships large enough to carry upto 10000 people which could almost be thought of as its own city.
The cart was the first land based vehicle. Pulled by oxen or horses to carry goods from one stead to another. The idea of moving goods on land between villages, towns and cities pushed innovation further and further. Carriages, trains, cars and lorries. All of them born out of a necessity to move goods in ever more efficient ways. Where would we be without the humble family car these days? I really don`t like the idea of having to travel around with my own cart to sell and buy goods each day.
The idea of flying has always intrigued humans. Watching birds fly around the sky with the freedom that they have inspired us to try to fly our own vehicles. The first recorded kites were in China over 2500 years ago. The real leap in air flight occurred in the 1800`s with every would be inventor creating some type of glider. Once the gliding principle was proven the natural progression was to move onto engine powered vehicles. 1905 is the year the Wright Brother`s made the first recognized powered flight. Since then aircraft have become the most technologically advanced machinery on the planet. Jet fighters are supremely agile, while the Airbus and Beoing companies have cornered the traveler market.
Author: Jonathan Sayles, my google+ page