Josip Belušić

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Josip Belušić (1847 - ?) was a Croatian inventor. He was born in the region of Labin in Istria, and later lived in the settlement of Županići. Belušić was schooled in Pazin. He eventually became a professor in Koper.

In 1888 Josip Belušić invented and designed the first electric speedometer.[1][2] This invention was patented in Austria-Hungary under the name of "velocimeter."

Belušić exhibited his invention on the 1889 Exposition Universell in Paris, and later renamed it 'Controllore Automatico per Vetture'. On the same year, the Municipality of Paris created a tender in which over 120 patents were registered to compete. His design won as the most precise and reliable and was accepted in June 1890.[3]


  1. ^ Božo Milanović: Hrvatski narodni preporod u Istri, 1967, page 406
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  • Jamičić, Željko: Josip Belušić – izumitelj tahografa. In: časopis MUP (Mir-Ugled-Povjerenje) 3. Jg., Zagreb, Januar 2008, S. 15