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Communication, transportation, information technology and commerce have also been inextricably intertwined since the beginning of human history, and they still remain closely related today.

“The success of the first electronic telegraph line in 1844 opened an era of modern communication in America. Before the telegraph there existed no separation between transportation and communication. Information traveled only as fast as the messenger who carried it.” — D. J. Czitrom, Media and the American Mind

This reality was even codified in the Dewey Decimal library classification system:
380 Commerce, communications, transportation

See Communication, System, Media, Information Technology and Commerce

Subpages

Modes Ground (Automobile, Train), Sea, Air, Space

Resources

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General

Portal

Transport Web
The Transportation Research Board
Transportation Subject Guide (Library of Congress)
Top Ten Archive, Travel & Transportation (Infoplease)
Travel & Transportation (Infoplease)
Transportation (Martindale’s Reference Desk)
Transportation (Wolfram Alpha)
Transport Portal (Wikipedia)

Dictionary

transportation : system of conveyance or travel from one place to another — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Transportation is the movement of people, cattle, animals and goods from one location to another. Modes of transport include air, rail, road, water, cable, pipeline, and space. The field can be divided into infrastructure, vehicles, and operations. Transport is important since it enables trade between peoples, which in turn establishes civilizations. — Wikipedia

Britannica

Outline

Outline of Transportation (Wikipedia)
Outline of Vehicles (Wikipedia)

Search

Search Engine Guide, WolframAlpha

Innovation

Innovations Report

Science

Transportation Science Journal
Last Word: The science of everyday things, Transport (New Scientist)
Transportation Planning (Wikipedia)

Technology

Transportation Engineering (Wikipedia)

Commerce

Transportation Industry Profile

Preservation

History




History of Transportation (Smithsonian)
A Timeline of Transport in World History (Tim Lambert)
History of Transportation (Engineering and Technology History)
Transport History (Wikipedia)
Timeline of Transportation and Space Exploration (Wikipedia)

Quotation

Quotations Page

Museum

Note: This is a 360° Video — press and hold to explore it!

Swiss Museum of Transport
New York Museum of Transportation
America on the Move (Exhibit, Smithsonian)

Library

National Transportation Library
Transportation and Communication Maps (Library of Congress)
Transportation Library (Northwestern University)
WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education


Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

Organization

Transportation Associations (BTS)
Institute of Transportation Engineers
The Transportation Research Board

News

Science Daily, Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Seeker, NPR Archives

Book

National Academies Press, ISBNdb

Government

US Dept. of Transportation
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (US Dept. of Transportation)
TransportLaw, Transportation Law (HG.org)

Document

USA.gov

Expression

Fun


Humor

Travel and Transportation Humor (Barnes & Nobel)

Toy

Toy Cars, Planes & Trains, (TheToyBoat.com)

Hobby



Google Used Tiny Cameras to Street View the World’s Largest Model Railway (Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo)
You Can Now Visit The World’s Largest Model Railroad In Street View (Frederic Lardinois, Tech Crunch)

Miniatur Wunderland (Google Street View)
Miniatur Wunderland, Explore (Google Street View)
Miniatur Wunderland, Sections (Google Street View)
Miniatur Wunderland, Behind the scenes (Google Street View)

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Germany (Official Web Site)
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, Germany (Wikipedia)

Model vehicle kits (Tower Hobbies)

Adventure


Travel Center (Martindale’s Reference Desk)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

Future


The future of cars, planes and rockets (TED Talk Channel)

Fiction


<Fictional Vehciles, Category (Wikipedia)
Fictional Vehicles, List (Wikipedia)

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  • Driverless cars change lanes more like humans do
    on May 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Researchers will present a new lane-change algorithm that splits the difference. It allows for more aggressive lane changes than the simple models do but relies only on immediate information about other vehicles' directions and velocities to make decisions. […]

  • Reading the minds of pilots on the fly
    on May 21, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Wearable brain monitoring sensors allowed researchers to measure cognitive workload while aircraft pilots completed memory tasks. […]

  • Virtual-reality testing ground for drones
    on May 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Engineers have developed a new virtual-reality training system for drones that enables a vehicle to 'see' a rich, virtual environment while flying in an empty physical space. The system, which the team has dubbed 'Flight Goggles,' could significantly reduce the number of crashes that drones experience in actual training sessions. It can also serve as a virtual testbed for any number of environments and conditions in which researchers might want to train fast-flying drones. […]

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