Segments in this Video

First Vehicles (03:15)


Mankind first used animals for land transportation. The wheel was created 6,000 years ago. Roads were created to ease the travel of wheeled carts.

The Industrial Revolution (02:41)

The first steam engine was invented in the early 19th century. It allowed for the development of railroads. Electric trams and trolleys were used in cities.

Two-wheeled Vehicles (01:11)

Bicycles became popular in the 19th century because they were inexpensive and easy to use. Advancements make them faster and more efficient.

Automobiles (02:12)

The first four-wheeled motor vehicles have many elements of modern automobiles. Automobiles were expensive until Henry Ford began mass production. The cost of gasoline and environmental concerns leads to the search for alternative sources.

Summary (02:04)

Wheels were constructed 6,000 years ago. The Industrial Revolution led to the development of railroads, electric trams, and automobiles. Scientific advancements make automobiles cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Credits: Land Transport (00:47)

Credits: Land Transport

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Land Transport

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How did land transport evolve over time? We’ll explore transportation in this program, beginning with the first vehicles, the materials used, their functions, and their shapes. The program continues with a discussion of transportation in the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution and finishes with modern transportation, including the first steam engines and railways, electric trains, diesel engines, high-speed trains, bicycles, and cars.

Length: 15 minutes

Item#: BVL155110

Copyright date: ©2013

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