Questions tagged [transportation]

For questions about the act or process of transporting something or someone from one location to another, including by technological or non-technological means. For questions about the specific machine or device used for transportation, consider using [vehicles] instead.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
2answers
230 views

Domesticated Hominids

So, for my setting, I have an idea for domesticated hominids (previously orcs). They're intellectually comparable to gorillas, weigh around the same amount (350 lbs), and can carry 15-20% their body ...
4
votes
4answers
522 views

Planning intra-city public air transport

I want to have air transport as the dominant means of public transportation in my fictional city. But how would such a system operate to handle many commuters with maximum efficiency? Specifically I'm ...
9
votes
9answers
2k views

Algorithm or tool to design a worldwide subway transit map?

As the question says, an impossible (not earth) futuristic world has a subway system spanning across the entire planet and I would like to design its transit map. The obvious problem with doing this ...
15
votes
6answers
5k views

How can sapient beings engineer transportation and building when they can only count 0, 1 and many?

Imagine a species of humanoid beings living on an Earth-like planet somewhere in the universe; they have developed complex spoken and written languages and they can study their own anatomy and the ...
46
votes
15answers
7k views

What would be the consequence of a traffic light system where the users with green light pay the users with red light?

Traffic lights are mechanisms that control the usage of intersections. I'd like to perform a thought experiment for an alternative mechanism. The basic idea is that the intersection is a shared ...
5
votes
7answers
217 views

How would aliens abduct an entire nation of millions from a planet?

I am looking for as hard science answers as possible, but I am willing to bend some rules for a good answer. Assume they need to move 10 million 100 million people off of a planet what technology ...
24
votes
22answers
6k views

How to explain that there can only be one magic portal between a planet and another

I want to make a world where mages can search for and establish portals between a planet and another, but in a way that only one portal can exist between planet A and planet B, one between A and C, ...
5
votes
4answers
219 views

How to hide a spaceship visiting Earth?

So, me and the boys have decided to take a trip down to Earth for reasons that matter not be it science, leisure or fleeing persecution. It is no concern how we blend in but our spacecraft poses an ...
7
votes
2answers
470 views

Does crossing a wormhole happen instantaneously, or with the course of time?

I have seen many science fiction movies that depict traveling in space through wormholes. The appearance though, and the time it takes to cross a wormhole, tends to vary: • On one hand, we have the ...
18
votes
7answers
8k views

U.S. Army/Military's response time to an army appearing in the middle of a major city

In the scenario I have in mind, a handful of portals appear in a major U.S. city from which an army of golems starts pouring forth with the intent to cause as much damage as possible. The specifics ...
2
votes
1answer
160 views

How fast could a medieval transportation cross a sea of honey?

Set in the medieval period around 16th century C.E., all the saline water turns into honey ( avg. viscosity is approximately 10000 centipoise at room temperature). How fast can the medieval people ...
6
votes
2answers
154 views

What modes of transportation and vehicles would humans with echolocation and no sight produce?

In this world homo sapiens lose their eyesight but have the ability to sense the surrounding with biosonar similar to whale and dolphin, I wonder if we could have discover electricity but suppose the ...
2
votes
7answers
181 views

Why ban magic carpet despite it comes with certified safety belt?

With effect from today any kind of magic carpet regardless of model and brand are banned nation wide, statistic shows that for the past couple of months alone there have been 3 fatalities resulting ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

Can bringing 2 extra horses while traveling be considered realistic?

In the novel "The Emperor" by R.D. Villam there is a scene where 6 people are traveling somewhere riding horses but each of them also brings 2 extra horses, with a horse running at either side of each ...
14
votes
4answers
2k views

How to ride a fish?

In my world, there are giant fish, reptiles, and bugs. My question is, how would you be able to put a harness or saddle on a fish? Info: Swamp bio being ridden by humans Fish range in all different ...
6
votes
6answers
370 views

Transporting cargo within a city using tiny rail cars, or conveyor belts, or pneumatic post

Assumptions: Technology equivalent to contemporary tech. A city with a population of millions built from scratch. There is a need for an inexpensive underground system that would transport cargo (...
2
votes
4answers
164 views

Transporting radioactive fuels

Imagine a light spaceship capable of traveling at 0.999c is tasked to tow a radioactive cargo containing millions of tons of polonium and radium, however the container holding the radioactive ...
37
votes
8answers
9k views

How could pirates reasonably transport dinosaurs in captivity, some of them enormous, across oceans?

In my novel, there is money to made in the capturing and selling of 'exotic' animals from a distant, jungle-covered continent, though for various reasons (notably that it is illegal under Roman rule) ...
8
votes
5answers
1k views

What transportation for snow city?

Set on an icy world where weather forecast is alway blizzard everywhere, I am wondering how do modern day people commute if everywhere are buried under several miles of snow? What kind of ...
8
votes
3answers
293 views

Preferred method of mass transit inside an arcology?

This is more of a general question than a query about any specific model of arcology, but to make the question easier, let’s assume the arcology is either domed or covered by some sort pyramid made ...
1
vote
4answers
147 views

What kind of transport infrastructure would there be in a new planetary colony?

Say humanity have the luxury to start anew. Colonizing a planet where speed of colonization is not an issue. Let's assume planet conditions and gravity pull similar to Earth. Technology relatively ...
7
votes
8answers
1k views

Would a double-decker tri-articulated bus work effectively?

In my setting, the planet is grossly overpopulated. Vehicles are required to carry large loads of people from place to place. Bi-articulated buses are a necessity and have replaced regular buses as a ...
11
votes
4answers
1k views

Transportation for Angels

Simple question, hopefully not broad. This is the 21st century, everything that we have. Technology to make cars, planes, trains, boats, all of that stuff. But then, in this world, everybody is a ...
4
votes
2answers
186 views

Practicality of a ship-sized twisted-rubber engine

I was considering this answer I wrote: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/21374/75 It got me to wondering... if we had a flying sailing ship with a twisted-rubber energy storage device that ...
23
votes
18answers
5k views

What could an alternative human-powered transportation method look like?

When I came across this hilarious and awesome way of transportation I thought "why is no one rollerblading through the woods anymore?". I am pretty sure there are more fantastic but forgotten ...
2
votes
2answers
138 views

Civilization on an Earth-like planet without using waterways for transport

On Earth, civilization grew up around river valleys. Rivers are useful as a water source, a food source, and a waste disposal system, but their most important function to a civilization is enabling ...
3
votes
8answers
804 views

What are modes of instantaneous travel as alternatives to matter-to-energy transport?

In Star Trek they have the transporters. It's an effectively instantaneous travel method that converts matter to energy, then back to matter in a different location. They give the machine a limited ...
9
votes
7answers
466 views

Mass transit across the solar system

It is the year 2055. Only 20 years after the devastating Third World War, humanity has united together to start a golden age. Overseen by a peaceful, ambitious, and global superpower called United ...
8
votes
5answers
297 views

Could a non sentient land animal evolve an innate knowledge for making boats?

I understand that some non human animals build structures that they innately know how to build, such as how birds innately know how to build nests, and spiders innately know how to make webs, and ...
7
votes
6answers
331 views

What would it take to make catapults a alternate way to travel?

I have an idea for a futuristic way to travel for my Story. People get into a capsule, and it launches itself extremely fast in the air. What would be needed to make this happen for real and what ...
57
votes
13answers
16k views

An infinite train circling the planet that never stops

As a way to travel fast, my Earth-like planet is going to have a special train, circling it (the axis of the 'tracks' is aligned with the planet's axis of rotation). The thing about this train - it ...
4
votes
8answers
328 views

Victorian long-distance express transport?

In my world, law enforcement is dispatched from the capital to places around the island. The reason for them being dispatched in this fashion is due to there being few officers and the capital being ...
0
votes
5answers
178 views

How long would it take to move the population of the earth into a single city? [closed]

Say if humanity was forced to create a single mega-city on a, relative to the entire land-area of the earth, small area. Where skyscrapers are 1000-4000 meters tall. If the world pooled all its ...
8
votes
6answers
455 views

What would be the “cheapest” non-rocket solution to getting cargo to and from Earth's surface?

Prometheus, your friendly neighborhood mega corp, has done it: dragged that pesky asteroid near Earth's orbit. Now with a rich source of ore right in Earth's orbit Prometheus is looking to improve its ...
41
votes
20answers
12k views

A road system with no traffic rules - what sort of vehicle is best?

In Britopia there were the Leftists who believed motorists should drive on the left and the Rightists who believed they should drive on the Right. The vote split exactly down the middle and it was ...
2
votes
4answers
176 views

Largest sailing vessel manned by 2 people [closed]

I am currently running a D&D campaign and am entering an area that doesn't have many set rules and I'd like a reality check. I want to give them a vessel around the size of the ones from Pirates ...
10
votes
5answers
1k views

Is it possible to use a planet's magnetic field for transportation?

On a planet, a species uses magnets (i.e. float in the air) instead of wheels for transportation. Roads are easy enough, just slap some magnets in it, at it works. But I was wondering about the ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Would it be possible to set up a franchise in the ancient world?

The night queen has invaded the northernmost part of easteros with an army of ice wightwalkers. They have surrounded a castle called summerfall, trapping our heroes inside. Various armies of different ...
9
votes
6answers
459 views

How long would it take for a group of humans to travel across a continent by foot?

Think a Lord of the Rings-esque quest to save their kingdom. This quest would also involve detours, but I can just factor those in later. The continent is around the size of Australia, with a lot of ...
-4
votes
2answers
143 views

19th century-like transportation without horses?

So, let’s say, hypothetically A NUCLEAR WAR KICKS OFF DUE TO PROLONGED INTERNATIONAL TENSION, AND TURNS THE EARTH INTO A BLEAK, HOSTILE WASTELAND. Now, let’s flash forward 197 years, to 2259. By now, ...
5
votes
11answers
778 views

Horses vs. Bicycles in a soft post-apocalypse

I want to ask about the utility of bicycles vs. horses, but in a rather specific circumstance. In the future, there is war (the particulars are irrelevant), and it causes the usual loss of population ...
4
votes
5answers
261 views

What is the cheapest way to move large amounts of trade goods to orbit?

Given a world with similar size and atmospheric composition to Earth that has a commodity export, be it grain or oil etc, that has trade with other planets, what would be best way to orbit massive ...
19
votes
1answer
2k views

Could this bubble float with a person inside? [closed]

Related to this previous question: Could a city be built out of Balloons? Remember in Oz where the witch is riding in on a bubble. I began to think how could I make this as real as possible. You ...
7
votes
11answers
507 views

Making airships\blimps\dirigibles the dominant form of air transport

While similar to other questions they mostly focused on what impacts required in the past to keep airships as a popular air transport method today, this question is about how to make airships the ...
11
votes
8answers
2k views

Could an empire control the whole planet with today's comunication methods?

I remember watching a documentary some time ago and at one point they were talking about how empires were limited to a certain size since there was no way to communicate across the empire quickly and ...
17
votes
6answers
5k views

What is the steepest gradient that a canal can be traversable without locks?

For a civilization that depends heavily on canals for transportation, what limits are there on how steep canals can before they flow too fast to traverse? I know that barges were normally pulled by ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

Could an aircraft fly or hover using only jets of compressed air?

In a world with practically unlimited energy and advanced technology they have no need to burn fuels for energy or even use fire. To travel around their huge planet cities they use aircraft and hover ...
24
votes
22answers
8k views

How to safely derail a train during transit?

Imagine a single, long, straight stretch of track. On the track there is a train heading in one direction at 100 km/h and a second train heading towards it at 200 km/h. The latter train is a special ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

Efficient way to transport a Stargate [closed]

In the future Earth, scientists have successfully created Stargate. And because of the greedy nature of human being, they wish to colonize as many planets as possible! And they sure can NOT wait ...
0
votes
3answers
258 views

How could Giants sit in public transit?

An extension to another question about public transit and mythical humanoids. In the same modern world as proposed, there are Giant humanoids with a decent population of 50,000,000 . But not in the ...