Figure 25 Advances in Transportation Technology and the Shrinking of "Real" Distance
Advances in Transportation Technology and the Shrinking of "Real" Distance
|Best average speed for horse-drawn coaches and sailing ships was 10 mph||Steam locomotives averaged 65 mph and steamships averaged 36 mph||Propeller aircraft able to fly 300-400 mph||Large jet aircraft able to fly 500-700 mph|
|Infrastructure innovation||Trunk canals Turnpike roads||Railroads Ocean shipping||Highways Airports/airlines||Emergence of telecommunications|
|Vehicle innovation||Horse-powered coaches||Steam engines Steamships Railroad equipment Steel ships||Aircraft Automobiles Combustion engines Trucks Tractors||Jet engines Containerships Megaships Post-Panamax ships|
SOURCE: Adapted from P. Dicken, Global Shift: Transforming the World Economy (New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 1998).