The Automobile (1769) The first car was invented about 150 years earlier by a French military engineer. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot developed a steam-powered vehicle for transporting heavy artillery. His prototype was tossed aside due to design flaws, but is considered the world’s first car.
Vitaly Kononov is a Russian designer whose experience of narrow cobblestone streets has yielded a remarkable vehicle sure to avoid gathering moss as it zips in and out of urban traffic. Elegant simplicity at its best, the so-called Rolling Stone car uses two large wheels that span the entire circumference of the slim and efficient circle-shaped automobile, neatly looking like one smooth integrated wheel.