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Leonardo Da Vinci Self-propelled Cart – First self-driving car prototype ever?

leonardo-self-propelled-cart     The history of self-driving vehicles goes back much further than many people recognize – Leonardo da Vinci designed the first prototype around 1478. Leonardo’s vehicle was designed as a self propelled robot powered by springs, with programmable steering and the capability to run pre set courses.Well, it was a prototype of course and did not reach the mass market, but how cool it was?

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Ok, this was the first self-driving car.

What about the first electric car? Here you go with a trivia:

When was ever produced the first full electric car with a high-capacity rechargeable batteries?

a) 2007

b) 1999

c) 1978

d) 1884

 

Any idea? Yes, surprisingly the right answer is d) 1884

It was brought to market by English inventor Thomas Parker

Last but not least, in the early years of 20th century, most of the cars in NYC were electric cars.

 

 

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