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More on the two-wheel car

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Sort of a motorbike, sort of a car. I thought I blogged earlier about it, but can’t find it. Here’s a report by Olga Kharif in Bloomber Businessweek:

Daniel Kim decided to reinvent the motorcycle eight years ago, soon after a car nearly crushed him. He was welding a Land Rover sport-utility vehicle, laying on a mechanic’s sled under its 500-pound chassis, when the chassis fell off its frame stands. Kim stuck his arm up as the chassis fell, and on contact the force pushed him and the rolling sled out from beneath the car. The near-death experience gave Kim his fill of big machines, he says: “I thought, does the world need another SUV? No.” A lifelong bike aficionado, he set out to create one as safe as a car.

Kim’s company, San Francisco-based Lit Motors, has developed a working prototype of a self-balancing motorcycle. Kim says the goal is for it to remain upright when struck by a Ford (F) F-150 truck traveling at 35 miles per hour. Lit’s bike uses two stabilizing gyroscopes, 40-pound disks 12 inches in diameter. They spin in opposite directions at up to 12,000 revolutions per minute to counter tipping forces, guided by seven sensors. While other inventors have tested gyro-stabilized vehicles with limited success, they typically used only one spinning disk. Kim, 33, says his system is more resilient: “We can defy gravity.”

Lit’s plan also calls for the bike, code-named the C-1, to be enclosed, with steel-reinforced doors, seat belts, and an airbag. “Danny describes it as driving your helmet,” says angel investor Dick James, whose son went to school with Kim.

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UPDATE: I think this is what I remembering:


UPDATE 2: More videos.

Written by Leisureguy

24 November 2012 at 2:48 pm

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Aptera again

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I was thinking about the Aptera and how it was classified as a motorcycle—and then I recalled that motorcycles with a single driver can use the carpool lane. Brilliant! California stopped issuing the stickers that allowed high-mileage cars (e.g., the Prius) to use the carpool lane with only the driver aboard, but the Aptera wouldn’t require a sticker!

Then I saw that they already knew that.

I want one.

Written by Leisureguy

22 January 2008 at 10:47 am

The future of the car

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Good article in the New Yorker. Read it all at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

1 November 2007 at 2:59 pm

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The Prius now ready for winter

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It’s not, The Wife tells me, how they prepared the car for winter in northern BC, but still: new wiper blades, car washed, and then Clarity Defender applied. Also new Michelin HydroEdge tires, as it happens.

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7 October 2007 at 4:14 pm

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