What Did Gottlieb Daimler Invent?

Gottlieb Daimler invented the first internal-combustion engine and the first carburetor. His other inventions include a gas-power bicycle, a four-wheeled carriage powered by a one-cylinder engine and a motorized boat. Daimler's inventions were very important, as they allowed for various modes of transportation to be powered by gasoline.

Gottlieb Daimler was an experienced engineer who first began inventing engines while working at the firm of Nikolaus Otto, the inventor of the first four-stroke internal-combustion engine. The two inventors started their own engineering firm in 1882 and quickly patented the first high-speed internal-combustion engine. Unlike previous inventions, Otto and Daimler's engine featured several valves that made the engine more efficient. This engine served as the basis for all future engine inventions.

After applying this type of engine to various forms of transportation, the men built an automobile in 1889. This vehicle featured a rear-mounted engine and a lightweight frame made of tubing. The same year, Otto and Daimler invented the first Mercedes car after establishing the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft company.

In addition to a variety of engines, Otto and Daimler built the first four-speed transmission. The transmission was featured in the inventors' first vehicle and was capable of powering the car up to 10 miles per hour.