Cars by Chris Oxlade
This book describes how the invention of the internal combustion engine made cars possible. It explains how a car works by breaking it down into simple systems - engine, suspension, controls and safety features. It also looks at how electronics may change the way people drive and navigate. It examines the changing design of cars over decades and the need for efficiency. Specialized cars such as those customized for a particular job, luxury cars, off-road cars and cars for sport are highlighted. Finally it looks at the current environmental problems caused by cars and at how new car technology will help to make cars cleaner and more economic. This book is one of a series which studies some of the most important technologies to have emerged this century. It emphasizes the ways in which these inventions have been used and their dramatic impact on our lives, particularly those of children.