For the first time in the world ...
On May 30 1896 an automobile, the Dureya motor wagon, hit a bicyclist in New York.
The First Speeding Ticket
It was on May 20, 1899, that Mr. Jacob German, a taxi driver, was fined for driving with 12 mph.
The First Killed in a Car Accident
It happened in 1899 when Henry H. Bliss was hit by a car and died in New York.
The First Mileage-Meter
It was installed in Oldsmobile in 1901.
The First Car Theft
It was in 1905 that an automobile was stolen in St. Louis.
The First Asphalt Road
It was placed in Detroit in 1906.
The First Electric Starter
The first electrical ignition system or electric starter motor for cars was invented by GM engineers Clyde Coleman and Charles Kettering. The self starting ignition was installed in a Cadillac on February 17, 1911.
The First Traffic Line
It was placed on a street in Redland, California in 1912.
The First "Stop" Sign
It appeared in 1914 in Detroit.
The First Automobile Air-Conditioner
The first car with an actual refrigeration system was the 1939 - year model Packard.
The First Tubeless Tire
BF Goodrich revolutionized the tire industry by inventing the tubeless tire in 1946.
The First Fuel Injection
It was in Mercedes Benz 300 SL in 1954.
The First Computer for Engine Control
The first use of computer in an automobile was in 1958 in Chrysler 300D. But later on it showed some defects and was recalled from production.