Sexy City-Pod

The single-axle Honda type E concept uses similar physical principles as a segway for maximum maneuverability in the urban jungle. The ultrasmall vehicle focuses on minimum space consumption, maximum driver visibility, easy access, high efficiency, and, most importantly, driving dynamics that make it capable of turning 360 on the spot. It’s got a far-out aesthetic, but it’s really not all that unrealistic from what we’ll probably see not-so-distant future.

Pros:
– no drive chain (lower weight, low fictional resistance)
– no steering ear (lower weight)
– turns on a dime
– high efficiency start/stop-drive with regenerative braking
– standing phase without loss of energy (traffic)
– minimum use of parking space
– zero emissions

Designer: Michael Brandt

25 Comments

  • J.J. Ramone says:

    Really cool look, like the tilt up exit mode, but… any sort of 2 wheel balancing uses up battery… dropping and locking the front wheel at lights… wind gust management… just balancing for the passengers body movements while in motion … all waste battery power. Look no further than the Lit Motors two-wheeler, balancing that thing in stop and go traffic would drain your batteries in no time flat.

    And until some sort of magnetic bearing systems become available… hub-less wheels are notoriously heavy and inefficient.

    But overall a cool concept. Nice design study.

    Now try an aerodynamic tear-drop shaped one passenger 3-wheeled electric commuter… and you’ll be looking at something truly futuristic!

    • Jon says:

      as per the description there is a third (emergency) wheel which would mean that there would potentially be no energy loss at a stand still.
      as for the aerodynamic 3 wheeler…multiple variations exist. from velomobiles to the newer Elio (80+ mpg)

  • Masahiro Matsumoto says:

    Hey just found this – looks pretty interesting. How close are these things to being market ready and what is the approximate anticipated price range.

  • Ahem… what is preventing the vehicle from tipping backwards when accelerating? Magic?

  • Lol says:

    Ah… I cant believe someone that lives in the age of the gyroscope, the Segway, the Puma concept and the EN-V concepts still asks these kind of questions…

  • Steve says:

    I’d like to see that go over speed bumps.

  • product tank says:

    There’s some great ideas in this, and I’m not a hater, but… I’t wouldn’t cope with speed bumps or pot holes, cattle grids etc. Very difficult for an old person to get in and out of. The neck angle of the driver when in the lowered position would leave them in agony after any length of time. There’s no windscreen wipers. There’s no luggage space. At car park barriers etc which deliver a ticket to the side (at standard car window height), you’d have to get out of the car, or lift to vertical position, open roof/door and then drive closer to the ticket machine. This is unless you could slip under the barrier, that would be interesting!

  • Jan Erlandsen says:

    So… basically, you don’t know either? 😉

  • So many comments and nobody said anything about the ‘fictional resistance’ the chain-less drive system would prevent!

    Way to many moving parts. Lightweight? Consider all the motors and the mechanical structure you’d need to make the thing go from vertical to horizontal…

    Add to that the speed bump problem. How will a gyroscope help when the thing is so low that it will crash into the speed bump before the wheels even reach it?

    I’d really love to see the first test drive… it’ll topple over the first time that rubber bumper (nice and grippy!) on the front hits a bump in the road…

  • Supagloo says:

    A gyroscope uses angular momentum to measure and maintain orientation. In order to accelerate or decelerate you need to shift the balance point (lean forward or backward (Segway)) If the balance point is forward/behind of the pivot point, the forces used to maintain balance is translated into acceleration/deceleration. As long as the driver is stationary you need to shift the pivot point (PUMA)…or maybe that is what the sliding battery pack is for, shifting the balance point. Anywho… there is some serious weight shifting going on in order for it to safely brake in an emergency stop on two parallel wheels. But hey…cool concept!

  • hnb says:

    Whoever designed that knows nothing about
    – center of gravity
    – stability in trikes

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