Each time you get inside your car, you're sitting atop two centuries of constant innovation. It's Solutionism at its best.
Let's take a look at some of the solutions scientists are working on to create the next generation of great cars.
One way to increase fuel efficiency is to make vehicles lighter. Ford hopes to cut 750 lbs. from each vehicle by 2020 by using super-light, high-strength carbon fiber composites made by Dow Automotive Systems. There's good reason to trust carbon fiber: it's been used for decades to build things like the International Space Station.