Bertha Benz drove over a long distance of 104 km.
In the summer of 1888 Bertha Benz, wife and business partner of automobile inventor Karl Benz, drove over a long distance of 104 km the first vehicle of internal combustion created by her husband.
She became the first person to drive an automobile over a real distance. Motorized drives before this historic trip were merely very short trial drives, returning to the point of origin, made with mechanical assistants.
Without telling her husband and without permission of the authorities, Bertha Benz drove with her sons Richard and Eugen in one of the newly constructed vehicles called Motorwagen from Manheim to Pforzheim, in Germany.
Although the ostensible purpose of the trip was to visit her mother, Bertha Benz had other motives: to prove her husband—who had failed to consider marketing his invention adequately—that the automobile they both heavily invested in would become a financial success once it was shown to be useful to the general public; and to give her husband the confidence that his constructions had a future.