Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How to make a commuter vehicle

This is my idea of an ideal commuter vehicle. To improve the fuel efficiency of a vehicle, you make it smaller, and you decrease its wind profile. Ideally then, a motorcycle would be the perfect vehicle, but it's neither safe nor comfortable in less than perfect weather.

You can't shield a motorcycle from the weather or make it safe, for the simple reason that it is unbalanced. Sooner or later, your foot has to be on the pavement. However, if you added some sort of gyroscope to the motor cycle, and added two retractable wheels to the side, you could enclose such a vehicle. When the speed slowed enough to make it unsteady, or when you made a sharp turn, the retractable wheels would automatically lower enough to stabilize the vehicle. No foot on the ground; no problem with enclosure.

If you did make such a vehicle you could also add these features: with this arrangement you could have a normal seat, and stretch it back to have a second seat behind for second passengers or hauling stuff. Essentially, it would be like a car with the passenger side loped off.


Blogger Lerin said...

V. Interesting. Did you think of this on your commute to work, while wishing you could commute by yourself?

11:37 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

Nope. I was just thinking. I have no desire to commute in a manner which does not allow reading.

1:00 PM  

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