Since the automobile was not invented in a single day by any single inventor, it is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile.
- 1769: First propelled road vehicle was a military tractor invented by the French engineer and mechanic, Nicolass Joseph Cugnot (1725 - 1804). A steam engine powered the vehicle.
- 1771: Cugnot was the first person to get into a motor vehicle accident when he drove his vehicle into a stone wall.
- 1832: Robert Anderson, Scotland, invented the first electric carriage.
- 1885: Karl Benz, German engineer, built the first practical automobile
- 1896: Henry Ford built his first car called the "Quadricycle"
- 1901: First automobile to be mass produced in the United States was the Curved Dash Oldsmobile created by Ransome Eli Olds. Olds invented the basic concept of the assembly line and started the Detroit area automobile industry.
- 1903: The Ford Company was created
- 1908: Henry Ford created the Model T.
- 1914: Ford revolutionized manufacturing. The Highland Park, Michigan plant,
using innovative production techniques, could turn out a complete chassis
every 93 minutes.