Hands off the wheel

A few years from now, all we’ll need to do to get somewhere is hop in the passenger seat – and the car will do the rest.

Hands off the wheel.
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On November 22, 1900, Emil Jellinek bought the first Mercedes car in Cannstatt, Germany. Jellinek, a Jewish entrepreneur who lived in the era of horse-drawn wagons, had a vision that one day he would drive a “horseless carriage.”

Just 14 years earlier, engineers Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler had built a four-wheeled carriage with an engine bolted to it. Three years later, they succeeded in constructing a prototype of the world’s first four-wheeled automobile that was powered by a four-stroke engine.

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