Questions tagged [vehicles]

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Harvesting wind energy for vehicles

Theoretically, what would the possibilities/drawbacks be of harvesting wind energy created by the momentum of the vehicle to charge that vehicle's batteries? Imagine that the vehicle had a dual power ...
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What single change in history would make rear steering cars a standard?

In my alternate Earth, which follows our timeline almost consistently, I want one of the differences being that the de facto standard for cars is that they have rear steering wheels instead of the ...
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Why would space traders pick up and offload their goods from an orbiting platform rather than direct to the planet?

I'm outlining some ideas for a game I'd like to write, that at its core is about interplanetary space-trading (amongst other things, but that's not relevant to the question). For project-scope reasons ...
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Why would airplanes become common when there is dragon-riding?

In my world, during their equivalent to the age of absolutism, dragon riding becomes very common. They can be too expensive to personally own, so they are mostly used in general warfare and ...
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Design considerations for living inside of a tank/apc in extended combat and travel operations

In my setting armies are extremely mobile for a multitude of reasons. Pure static defensive lines are just asking to be completely destroyed by smart and devastating weapons, the light particle ...
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Eject the horses, animal safety first! How would a coachman arrange for a quick release mechanism to free the beasts?

An 18th century coachman, who really loves their horses and won't allow any harm to come to them, needs a mechanism to instantly disengage their four-wheeled carriage from the horses midride, setting ...
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Nuclear Propulsion System [closed]

Is it plausible to: Have a huge nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be propelled by H2-O2 rocket engine (size adjust) where you generate both reactants from sea water through Electrolysis. What would ...
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What's a reasonable timeframe for civilian survivors to learn how to fly a helicopter on their own?

Post-Apocalyptic modern world, a group of civilian survivors about three dozen in number find themselves trapped in a military base. They have no way out except by air. The military base has a dozen ...
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Tips on how to make and design fighter jets on your story?

Since I have no money to borrow the names of certain aircrafts, I decided it's better to think of my own. But because I have no experience with drawing or designing complicated machinery, I wanna ask ...
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Plausibility of a car running on noble gasses

Is there any science-based way that one could explain cars running not on natural gas (autogas) but rather on noble gasses like Neon, Argon and/or Xenon?
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What would realistic racing hovercraft look like in terms of aerodynamics?

This is a follow up to a previous question of mine: How do I keep my futuristic racing hovercraft from becoming airplanes? I'm in planning stages for a futuristic racing game and I'm trying to figure ...
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What is the earliest that a time-traveling electric vehicle of current era could be recharged?

Taking modern gas engines into the past is hard because the fuel isn’t refined enough and damages the engines. But electricity has been the same since time began, limited by human capacity to produce ...
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A car propelled by a turbine air jet has acceptable efficiency?

So, I know that there are vehicles that use gas turbines as their engines, but they are connected to the wheels. What I'm asking is that if a turbine with reasonable size (small enough to fit in a car ...
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With modern-day/near-future (i.e. potentially realizable within 20 years) technology, can a nuclear reactor with these characteristics be built?

I'm writing about a nuclear-powered tank. Yes, I know about what the problems associated with it are. No, the people in the setting don't care about radioactive contamination of their environment, or ...
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Why would a military use hybrid jet-propeller planes?

Hybrid jet-propeller planes in real lift where a weird thing that existed in the 40s & 50s, no type of them ever saw combat use or even limited production. In modern day not even much research is ...
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How would one sabotage a horse-drawn carriage to break down a distance later

Is it possible to sabotage a horse-drawn vehicle in such a way that it fails a bit after leaving town? If so, how precise can this delay be and how would it be done?
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space combat for a BTE 4x game game [closed]

l am currently writing a game - I'm making a racing table top game with high tech weapons. What's a weapon that would shoot through people that isn't just a high powered cannon? It doesn't have to be ...
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Why would very large trucks regularly be used for logistics?

The very large trucks are mining truck size. They can haul 300 to 100 tonnes of Thing™. They can be outfitted to carry containers. They have a roughly equivalent curb weight to their payload. They can ...
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How big would my airship have to be to fit a modern VLS system

For my factions anti-occult paramilitary force, I decided to give them large, armoured airships for their main form of transport and attack, which do not use gas bags for lift, but rather a magical ...
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Vehicles vs work animals in a desert planet

Would animals like camels and horses be more useful/practical in the deep desert than vehicles like dune buggies and sandrails? Basically, I have a planet that's mostly desert surrounded with rock ...
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Are low-energy submarines possible?

I'm envisioning submarines just cruising around doing normal things, taking the role of cars, trucks, RVs. I'm trying to estimate how much energy they would need. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Viability of a jet modelled after a dragonfly?

Insects in the order Odonata have tow pairs of wings that can be moved independently, their compound eyes grand them full 360° vision and their bodies are elongated. They can flap their wings out of ...
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How does one fight in a perpetual hurricane?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about fighting in it. I'm not sure what the terrain of the Sahara is after getting blasted with hurricane-force winds for 2 million years, but ...
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What would land vehicles designed to operate in a perpetual hurricane look like?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about the vehicles going into and out of it. Let's say that there's a perpetual hurricane that constantly "hovers" in one location - say,...
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What would be the best battery someone could make in the late 1400's?

In my champaign a character has the ability to gain knowledge from the far future and has used that knowledge to expand technology and bring on an early industrial revolution. They have built up to a ...
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How do I keep my futuristic racing hovercraft from becoming airplanes?

I'm working on a science fiction racing game that is centered around hovercraft that will race through various environments, both natural and man-made. I'm trying to establish a design language for ...
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Could two-wheel tractors be used in place of automobiles?

Two wheel tractors are a smaller type of tractor, which, as the name implies, only have a single axle with two wheels. Is it plausible that these machines could draw passenger cars and be used as the ...
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How would a kangaroo-drawn chariot work?

I'm building basically Australian Wakanda, if you'll forgive the pop culture reference. Australian aboriginal culture never made their own wheeled vehicles, but what if they had? The closest thing to ...
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Optimal tracks/treads for Desert based tank

This questions sounds fairly simple but i just want to be sure. Imagine if you have an army who's main force comprises Tanks and who have to operate mainly in a desert (think the Great Sand Sea area ...
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How should we compensate for lack of traction for vehicles on the moon?

We are building a 3D game world that portrays an advanced lunar town that's as technically accurate as possible, for the purpose of people roleplaying living there and learning about space development....
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How plausible is this spacecraft design?

The idea is that the spacecraft would not have a propellant tank on board, but instead would have a huge, spherical propellant tender which the spacecraft could climb around in order to turn. This ...
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What would be an effective land based mode of transportation for mermaids?

(this is probably going to be my last mermaid based question for while) unlike their giant counterparts, most mermaids are more humanoid sized and have a life style similar to seals. now some of these ...
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Would redox flow batteries be good for the development of all-electric armored vehicles?

I am in the process of creating a somewhat hard military sci fi setting and was enamored by the idea of all-electric armored vehicles for a future war. For this I decided to used Redox Flow Batteries: ...
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Air vehicles for birds

I want to make a race of sapient birds,they are starting their own industrial revolution. Is it possible for them to develop air vehicles even though they can fly without them??
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Travel for fairies

My fairies need to travel very far as they are nomadic, however they can only fly for around five minutes without getting tired. They most likely couldn't tame creatures due to their size and the fact ...
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What is the largest a wheeled or tracked vehicle could get? [closed]

What is the largest that we could make a wheeled or tracked vehicle with modern technology?
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How feasible and capable is a preindustrial land yacht?

This question is based in the desert world described in this question: Can my civilization be totally isolated by deserts? A pre industrial society is adjacent to deserts and mountains to the East and ...
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Lightning-powered vehicles - are they possible? Are they realistically usable for everyday transport?

Note - I have tagged this as hard-science because, apart from feasibility, I'm hoping for some actual numbers that will tell me the capabilities of such vehicles. Background On a planet far away ...
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Could 1970s police cars be usable in the modern era?

I'm writing a story set in the mid-2000s USA where a small police agency, for some reason, uses police vehicles from the early 1970s to the early '80s. They have the mechanics, the money, and the ...
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Uses for a 1950s-era nuclear-powered land vehicle?

I have heard of the Chrysler TV-8 design, an amphibious armored vehicle powered by an onboard nuclear reactor...basically a nuclear-powered tank. The TV-8 never made it off the drawing board; the ...
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Theoretically could a powerful telekinetic person start a vehicle without keys?

The telekinetic in question seems to have fantastic line of sight telekinesis and even great out of sight telekinesis being able to even manage "having a sense of feeling" to said things ...
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How would a quadrupedal species design vehicles?

Back in the early times of my story's world, before humans had even arisen on Earth, another planet over 1,000 light years away held two civilizations of dragons. One was the traditional hexapod ...
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The experience of owning and driving a nuclear fusion powered vehicle

I am using the BattleTech universe for my stories, which has nuclear fusion powered cars. My assumption is that they work similarly to an EV, but with an onboard power plant. So, they'd still be run ...
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Are there advantages to using a quad-treaded/split tracked system for a vehicle?

All real military ground vehicles use a continuous caterpillar track or tank tread, but quad-treads/split tracks are often seen in sci-fi, with their futuristic tanks and settings. (Halo scorpion, C&...
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What would a war robot actually look like? [closed]

As cool as giant robots are and humanoid robots are, they are not the most practical things. I've seen things like human ships crewed by robots, but looking at this, i mean why? Why not make the whole ...
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Edible vehicles - feasibility now and in the future

NOTE: This question is inspired by my own answer to a previous question. There is no duplication. See What do stranded astronauts eat in space Scenario On a mining planet where there are vast deserts/...
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self contained fuel source

Is it feasible to have a vehicle powered by fuel that the vehicle produces within its self? This vehicle can be a land vehicle or an air vehicle if you want. It must be capable of transporting at ...
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Post-Apocalypse EV Effectiveness

Setting: It's after the apocalypse. No zombies or major nuclear fallout, just 99.9% of people were killed for some reason (superplague, whatever). During the final days of society, massive looting and ...
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Are there *plausible* planetary conditions where jet aircraft just don't have much advantage over propeller-driven aircraft?

I've seen Which is easier to develop: a piston prop engine or a jet engine? and my own Effects of ~10atm pressure on engine design neither of which answers this. Would different atmospheric density, ...
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What is the best form of powered vehicular flight within a McKendree habitat?

Background A McKendree cylinder is a spinning space habitat in the style of an O'Neill cylinder (below), but orders of magnitude larger. McKendree habitats are hundreds of kilometres in diameter and ...
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