Timeline of transport technology:
Middle Ages 
17th century 
- 1620 – Cornelius Drebbel builds the world's first known submarine, which is propelled by oars (although there are earlier ideas for and depictions of submarines).
- 1662 – Blaise Pascal invents a horse-drawn public bus which has a regular route, schedule, and fare system
- 1672 – Ferdinand Verbiest may have built what may have been the first steam powered car
18th century 
19th century 
- 1801 – Richard Trevithick ran a full-sized steam 'road locomotive' on the road in Camborne, England
- 1803 – Richard Trevithick built his 10-seater London Steam Carriage
- 1803 – William Symington's Charlotte Dundas, generally considered to be the world's first practical steamboat, makes her first voyage.
- 1804 – Richard Trevithick built a prototype steam-powered railway locomotive.
- 1804 – Oliver Evans (claimed to have) demonstrated a steam-powered amphibious vehicle.
- 1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat, the world's first commercially successful steamboat, makes her maiden voyage.
- 1807 – Nicéphore Niépce installed his Pyréolophore internal combustion engine in a boat and powered up the river Saone in France.
- 1807 – Isaac de Rivas made a hydrogen gas powered internal combustion engine and mounted it on a vehicle.
- 1814 – George Stephenson built the first practical steam-powered railway locomotive
- 1816 – The most likely originator of the bicycle is the German, Baron Karl von Drais, who rode his 1816 machine while collecting taxes from his tenants.
- 1819 – SS Savannah, the first vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean partly under steam power, arrives at Liverpool, England from Savannah, Georgia.
- 1825 - Sir Goldsworthy Gurney invented a series of steam powered passenger carriages and by 1829 completed the 120 mile journey from London to Bath, Somerset and back.
- 1838 – Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Western, the first purpose-built transatlantic steamship, inaugurates the first regular transatlantic steamship service.
- 1852 – Elisha Otis invents the safety elevator.
- 1853 – Sir George Cayley built and demonstrated the first heavier-than-air aircraft (a glider)
- 1862 – Étienne Lenoir made a gasoline engine automobile
- 1867 - first modern motorcycle was invented
- 1868 – George Westinghouse invented the compressed-air brake for railway trains.
- 1868 – Louis-Guillaume Perreaux's steam velocipede, a steam engine attached to a Michaux velocipede.
- 1880 – Werner von Siemens builds first electric elevator.
- 1883 - Karl Benz invents the first car powered by an internal combustion engine, he called it the Benz Patent Motorwagen.
- 1894 – Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first motorcycle available to the public for purchase.
- 1896 – Jesse W. Reno builds first escalator at Coney Island, and then reinstalls it on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
- 1897 – Charles Parsons' Turbinia, the first vessel to be powered by a steam turbine, makes her debut.
- 1897 – The most likely first electric bicycle was built in 1897 by Hosea W. Libbey.
20th century 
- 1900 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin builds the first successful airship
- 1908 – Henry Ford develops the assembly line method of automobile manufacturing with the introduction of the Ford Model T
- 1911 – Selandia launched, the first ocean-going, diesel engine-driven ship
- 1912 – Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket
- 1935 – First flight of the DC-3, one of the most significant transport aircraft in the history of aviation
- 1939 - First jet engine powered aircraft, the Heinkel He 178, takes flight.
- 1942 – V2 rocket covers a distance of 200 kilometres (120 mi)
- 1947 – First supersonic manned flight
- 1955 – The first nuclear powered vessel, the USS Nautilus, a submarine, is launched
- Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite to be launched into orbit
- Gateway City, the world’s first purpose-built container ship, enters service
- First flight of the Boeing 707, the first commercially-successful jet airliner
- 1961 – Vostok 1, the first manned space mission, designed by Sergey Korolyov and Kerim Kerimov, makes two orbits around the Earth
- 1971 – Salyut 1, the first space station, launched by Kerim Kerimov
- 1976 – Concorde makes the world's first commercial passenger-carrying supersonic flight
- 1981 – First flight of the space shuttle
- 1994 - The Channel Tunnel opens
21st Century 
See also 
- ^ "1679–1681 – R P Verbiest's Steam Chariot". History of the Automobile: origin to 1900. Hergé. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
- ^ Setright, L. J. K. (2004). Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car. Granta Books. ISBN 1-86207-698-7.
- ^ a b c C.D. Buchanan (1958). "1". Mixed Blessing: The Motor in Britain. Leonard Hill.
- ^ Falco, Charles M.; Guggenheim Museum Staff (1998), "Issues in the Evolution of the Motorcycle", in Krens, Thomas; Drutt, Matthew, The Art of the Motorcycle, Harry N. Abrams, pp. 24–31, 98–101, ISBN 0-89207-207-5
- ^ http://www.electric-bicycle-guide.com/
- ^ The DC-3