Why is a car not a living thing?

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A car is not a living thing because it does not fulfill some key characteristics that define living things.

  • All living things are composed of cells. Unicellular organisms are composed of a single cell, while multicellular living things (such as plants, animals, and human beings) are composed of a large number of cells. A car is not composed of cells.
  • All living things grow and develop over time. We commonly see pups growing into dogs, kittens growing into cats and babies growing into adult human beings. However, there is no such growth in the case of a car. A car stays the same in size and shape over its life time.
  • Living things reproduce. That is, they give rise to another living thing similar to themselves. No such function is seen in the case of a car. A car does not give birth to a smaller car. 
  • A living thing can sense changes in the environment and adapt to such changes. Cars have limited functionality in this way (for example, a self-driving car can sense if the next car is too close and modifies its speed, etc.). 
  • Living things evolve over time, on their own. A car cannot evolve on its own; it requires engineers and designers to come up with a newer model. 

Hence, we do not consider a car to be a living thing.

Hope this helps. 

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Why is a motor car not considered a living thing?

The best way to answer this question is to list out the characteristics of living things and then decide which of those characteristics an automobile doesn't have.  

The six characteristics of living things are as follows:

  1. Living things are made of cells
  2. Living things have DNA
  3. Living things respond to their environment
  4. Living things obtain and use energy
  5. Living things can reproduce
  6. Living things grow and develop

Based on those characteristics, an automobile is not a living thing, because it is not capable of reproducing. Vehicles can be reproduced through manufacturing, but the vehicle itself isn't capable of creating a new car or a copy of itself through sexual or asexual reproduction.

Vehicles are not made of cells, nor do they contain DNA. 

Vehicles are not capable of responding to the environment. The environment may provide various stimuli to the vehicle, but the vehicle will not respond unless given a command by an operator. 

Vehicles do use energy, but they are not capable of obtaining their own energy. An operator must provide the fuel for the car. 

Vehicles also do not grow and develop. They don't get bigger, nor do they become more complex by developing new or altered systems. 

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