The idea comes from Michael Moshier and Robert Bulaga, his team of aircraft engineers that previously developed SoloTrek XFV (Exo-skeletal Flying Vehicle). And they're building on this experience to attempt to create a hybrid multi-passenger VTOL flying car:
"Ever since the Jetsons, we've been promised that an air car is just around the corner," says Moshier, "but the technologies and knowledge necessary to build such a machine have not been available - until now! And it will be developed here in the USA!"
"The XC2V is the first crowd-sourced, militarily relevant vehicle design. The DARPA XC2V effort, asked non-traditional DoD performers, small businesses, universities and the general public to contribute innovative ideas for a vehicle body designed to accomplish the critical mission tasks of combat resupply and medical evacuation. More than 150 credible designs were submitted, with the winning design taking less than fourteen-weeks to build. "
"Fast forward to 1999, the boy, now an architect and designer, moves to Houston to work at NASA on the International Space Station. He works on the “habitation module” (NASA speak for the place where astronauts eat, sleep, bathe, relax, i.e. their home). He is a “space” architect - mission accomplished. But he wants to design things that will actually get built…in his lifetime. He returns to earth, not sure what will follow. "
The Uno III has three wheels, can be ridden like a Segway, using two of its wheels with a balancing gyroscope. Dubbed as the “world’s first real transformer" that transforms into a full-sized motorcycle at the push of a button. Now BPG Motors is accepting refundable deposits of $250 for Uno orders.
The Uno 3 can balance solely on its rear wheels in “Uno mode,” enabling unmatched nimbleness with an extremely tight turning radius. This alone will make it ideal for urban settings. When higher speeds are needed, the middle wheel can drop down in front and the outer wheels shift backwards — transforming the Uno 3 into a full street bike.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be on display this week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, and will go on sale in the U.S. in September. Pricing was not announced.
EN-V is a two-seat electric vehicle that was designed to alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities.
"EN-V is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. Dynamic stabilization technology empowers EN-V, giving it the unique ability to carry two passengers and light cargo in a footprint that’s about a third of a traditional vehicle. It can literally “turn on a dime” within its own operating envelope. In addition, everything in EN-V is drive-by-wire, supporting its ability to operate autonomously or under manual control. The motors not only provide power for acceleration, but also bring the vehicle to a stop.
Power for the motors is provided by lithium-ion batteries that produce zero emissions. Recharging can occur from a conventional wall outlet using standard household power, allowing EN-V to travel at least 40 kilometers on a single charge. EN-V can also improve the efficiency of the public electric infrastructure since the vehicle can communicate with the electric grid to determine the best time to recharge based on overall usage.
By combining the Global Positioning System (GPS) with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V concept can be driven both manually and autonomously. "
"We had a Green Machine lying around the shop and we figured it would be a cool idea,” said Parker Brothers’ Jeff Halverson, who did 50 mph on this beast. “It rides crazy and is fast as hell. If it wasn’t for the rear tires we could have had it DOT approved. "
Television host Dirk Gion and engineer Stefan Simmerer recently completed a 5,000 km (3,107 mile) journey across Australia- titled The Wind Explorer,a lightweight electric vehicle powered only by electricity-generating wind turbine and a kite, and broke three world records in the process. To keep the electric Wind Explorer running, it could be recharged overnight using a porable 20-foot wind turbine (it can also be plugged in in the absence of wind). They could also deploy a kite if the breeze was strong enough, and use it to pull the vehicle along, it worked like parasailing.
The 18-day road trip gave way to three world records for the Germans. one for crossing a continent with a wind-powered vehicle for the first time, another for traveling the farthest in a wind-powered car over a 36 hour period, and a final one for the most distance ever covered by a wind-powered land vehicle. Check out the video above!
- A drive-by-wire model capable of adapt to speed automatically and which costs costs about 2.8 million yen.
- A steer-by-wire model with automatic steering capability that costs about 4.8 million yen.
- A brake-by-wire model with stereo camera, IMU and steer-by-Wire announced at 6.8 Million Yen.
Engine: 40HP water-cooled, ex-snowmobile
Wheel: Inside diam 36 in. Tyre is from a French vineyard tractor trailer.
Controls: Left-hand clutch, twistgrip throttle, righthand hydraulic brake.
Steering is by leaning slightly out of the wheel. Accessories: Halogen headlights, brake lights and numberplate.This machine is licensed for the road. McLean has set a speed record of 53mph for a monowheel at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, and is aiming for 100mph.
With the North American International Auto Show just around the corner, MINI has released the first details about the Paceman concept. Featuring a bold front fascia, a sloping roofline and 19 inch alloy wheels.Inside, the four-seat cabin has leather upholstery, a full-length center rail system, and unique door panel trim. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 kW (211 PS / 208 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque.
"In addition to monitoring your driving using an accelerometer, the Anti Sleep Pilot will give you a little reaction test every once in a while. It will make a sound and turn orange, at which point you have to smack it as fast as you can. The longer it takes you to do this, the more concerned the device gets about your reaction times, and if you're too slow on four tests in a row, it will turn an angry red and demand that you pull over and rest. "