The paper provides a review of the current and future impact of mechatronic technologies upon ground transportation systems. The basic idea of mechatronics is explained first, followed by an appraisal of social and environmental factors which dictate the fundamental requirements for ground transport. The way in which mechatronics has already affected the design of road and rail systems is described, and various indications are given regarding future mechatronic developments. Some concluding remarks bring together the various ideas in order to predict the long term possibilities from a full exploitation of mechatronics.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Annual Reviews in Control|
|Early online date||2 Nov 1998|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|