The automotive Brass Era was an early period of automotive manufacturing, named for the prominent brass fittings used during this time for such things as lights and radiators. It extended from the Veteran era until about World War I. The term "Brass Era automobile" is a retronym for "horseless carriage," the original name for such vehicles, which is still in use today. It is known in Britain as the Veteran era (pre-1904) or the Edwardian era (1905 onwards). It was followed by what many collectors call the Vintage era.Within the 15 years that make up this era, the various experimental designs and alternative power systems would be marginalised.