Evolution of the Automobile

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In History
  • 1478

    The First Appearance

    The First Appearance
    Leonardo Da Vinci had the first appearance with the Automobile in 1478. He sketched out a cart with no seats and is the car is more like a self-propelled cart. Leonardo never made the automobile, it was only a mere thought.
  • Self-Propelled Tractor

    Self-Propelled Tractor
    Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot built the self-propelled tractor that the French Army used, it was built with three wheels and travelled at a speed of 2.5 miles per hour.
  • U.S Patent

    U.S Patent
    An American Oliver Evans, had received the first US Patent for a steam powered land vehicle.
  • Steam Powered Road Carriage

    Steam Powered Road Carriage
    Richard Trevithick, an inventor, built the first steam-powered road carriage. The road carriage was designed to be used on roads, not rail roads.
  • First Combustion Engine

    First Combustion Engine
    Francois Isaac de Rivaz created the first combustion engine and designed a car that fit the engine, but the engine failed.
  • Internal Combustion Engine

    Internal Combustion Engine
    Samuel Brown invents a different internal combustion engine with working cylinders separated from the combustion and is used to power a vehicle.
  • The Electric Carriage

    The Electric Carriage
    Robert Anderson from Scotland designs and builds the first electric carriage, powered by non-rechargeable power cells.
  • Commercially Successful Horseless Carriage

    Commercially Successful Horseless Carriage
    Jean-Joseph-Etienne Lenoir was the inventor of the first commerically successful "horseless carriage"
  • New and Improved Internal Combustion Engine

    New and Improved Internal Combustion Engine
    Nikolaus August Otto from Germany improves the internal combustion engine by designing the engine to burn fuel in the piston chamber.
  • Gasoline powered Internal Combustion Engine

    Gasoline powered Internal Combustion Engine
    Julius Hock from Vienna designs and build the first internal combustion engine that has the ability to run on gasoline.
  • Four Cycle Internal Combustion Internal Engine

    Four Cycle Internal Combustion Internal Engine
    Otto builds the first four-cycle internal combustion engine, this is the prototype for modern car engine.
  • First Patent Automobile

    First Patent Automobile
    George Baldwin files the first US Patent for an automobile, this was similar to a carriage with an internal combustion engine.
  • A True Automobile

    A True Automobile
    Karl Benz from Germany builds the first Automobile powered only by gasoline.
  • Ford Automobile

    Ford Automobile
    Henry Ford builds his first Automobile.
  • Cannstatt-Daimler

    Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invented the first four-wheeled automobile that was powered by a four-stroke engine.
  • First American Car Manufacturing

    First American Car Manufacturing
    Frank and Charles Duryea start the first American car manufacturing business in Springfield, Massachusetts called "Motor Wagons".
  • The Steering Wheel

    The Steering Wheel
    The first steering wheel was invented by Alfred Vacheron from France to replace a steering tiller.
  • The Jeep

    The Jeep
    In 1940 the first Jeep was invented, it was an all-purpose vehicle and was actually meant to be used by the U.S Militay.
  • Seatbelts

    In Wisconsin, seatbelts are requires in automobiles by law.
  • Airbags

    Airbags are now introduced and are being regarded as a safety opinion.
  • Electric Automobiles are Re-Introduced

    Electric Automobiles are Re-Introduced
    The Electric Automobiles are brought back into the picture because of global climate change.
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    Due to global climate issues, cars are designed to use less gasoline and run on electricity.