Kimes & Clark list a Joseph W. Jones who completed his steam car in 1899, having started the year before. It was "a runabout with dos-a-dos seats, it was fitted with an automatic reversible valve engine, a kerosene burner, and a flash boiler." While Jones patented some of his ideas, he never made his fortune in steam automobile manufacturing.
At the suggestion of his wife, Jones invented the first speedometer used on an automobile. Jones "coined the term." The Jones Speedometer was widely used and advertised.