One hundred years later and cars are safer, faster and may even shortly fly instead of drive on roads whether under your own steering or through computerised self drive. How did cars get so advanced?
Well all designs start on the drawing board but the testing of those designs and the parts they use are all finalised on computer systems before they go into prototype production. Today computer modelling allows for expertise, statistics and measurements to be entered into a computer software program to enable on the fly calculations and an instant view of working parts to form a concept which will take a development team to the next stage and a real world build.
Creating new car models, specifications and working parts on a computer not only saves time but saves quite a large amount of money also. Which is why every car manufacture from Audi to Volvo utilise software for every aspect of a car, from wind tunnel tests to seeing how fuel will flow and how engine oil will filter through the various parts.
It could be said that a car continually uses car modelling due to its on board computer systems which measures everything from brake operations to CO2 emissions. Allowing the driver to monitor everything on the fly without the need for inspection. This utility is that further used by garages and mechanics to figure out problems with a car or causes of disruptions to a car's mechanics without pulling everything apart to find the source of a problem.
Superior engines, fuel savings, streamlining car models for better driving, steering, tyre grip, exhaust development, these are all different computer modelling scenarios which car manufacturers use to deliver you the next best car to take to the road. Indeed, when considering current on board computer systems. Like parking sensors and self drive, these are all run in a virtual world continuously to ensure the systems don't break down, that every event possible is accounted for.
Will the suspension fail at 100,000 miles, when will the break pads finally wear through, how bumpy a road can tyres manoeuvre through without vibrations affecting other parts within the car and will they break for fail because of it. There would be recalls every week if cars were not produced within computer modelling software in the first instance and even more if a sufficient simulation program wasn't run before a prototype was built.