She decided to head south to a town called Profzheim to visit her grandmother who was 65 miles away. This may not seem like much for today's standards but during this time it was a difficult task to accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. However, since there where no paved roads and gas stations, Bertha Benz pretty much had to wing it on her journey.
Memorial route of Bertha Benz's trip
This road trip was a success and got a lot of popularity for being daring and changing the way people could travel. This led to a few of the first purchases of the combustion engine style car.
Little did they know this was the start to one of the biggest changes in modern day life. Giving way to the ability to travel freely which led to a need for better roads and infrastructure designed specifically for the modern day car to get around quicker. This provided more jobs in the construction industry and encouraged transfer of goods and products. Enabling movement from city's to suburbs and maybe most importantly cars increased accessibility to things like schools and hospitals.
The cars we have today are still far from perfect and are not immuned to change. Just like everything else the car is always growing and changing with time. One of the new advances in the car industry is the advent of the "self-driving" car. Which uses laser beams to constantly generate a 360-degree image of the cars surroundings. Since Bertha Benz's route has become so historic, it was the path chosen by Mercedes-Benz to test drive thier new self driving car and was named after her.