Mechanically guided transport

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Any method of transportation where the direction of travel of the vehicle is constrained by a physical means.


Surface transportation is by water, road or rail. Any rail system is 100% a mechanically guided system. While there are examples of mechanically guided systems using road and water, the majority of such systems have an on board driver. At one time the driver would always have been a human being. Advances in intelligent control systems means that this is no longer always the case.

Scope of Topic

Subjects covered under this heading will include the following:

Railways or railroads and all the sub variants. Guided roadways. Cable and other aerial systems. Guided magnetic levitation systems.

The above list is meant as a guide and is not meant to be complete.

Topic:Traffic and transportation engineering

Categories:Engineering, Civil engineering.