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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

Roblimo posted about 3 months ago | from the two-wheels-good-four-wheels-bad dept.

Transportation 218

Two gyros under the seat keep this vehicle standing up at a stop, which is easier on the driver's legs than putting a foot down the way you do while riding most motorcycles. And no vroom-vroom sound, either. This is an electric motorcycle. The prototype you see in the video gets up to around 20 MPH, but production models are supposed to hit 100 MPH, and go as far as a Tesla S on 1/6 the juice. So little tiny batteries are all the Lit C-1 needs to drive (up to) 200 miles with the gyros spinning merrily away -- keeping the C-1 upright even in crashes, as a simulation in this Lit Motors YouTube video shows. They claim to have more than 200 pre-orders against a projected retail price of $24,000, which is not shabby for a company that hasn't made a single production vehicle so far. (Alternate Video Link)

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little darling i see the ice is slowly melting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47275909)

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Why does this make me think of... (0)

TheRealSteveDallas (2505582) | about 3 months ago | (#47275939)

Mr Garrison?

Re:Why does this make me think of... (5, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 3 months ago | (#47275949)

Because the internet has programmed us to communicate entirely by pop culture references and oblique sexualized insults, leaving no room for actual critical examination of anything.

Re:Why does this make me think of... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47275989)

Looks like Kyle has some sand in his vagina again.

Re:Why does this make me think of... (1)

TheRealSteveDallas (2505582) | about 3 months ago | (#47276041)

I don't know whether to agree with you or ask if that was your best "Jordy".

Re:Why does this make me think of... (0)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 3 months ago | (#47276195)

Ain't nobody got time for that!

Re:Why does this make me think of... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276281)

Sokath, his eyes opened.

Re:Why does this make me think of... (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 3 months ago | (#47276609)

Martok with his mind blown.

It never occurred to me that that episode was a dire prediction of our future.

No (2, Insightful)

GoCrazy (1608235) | about 3 months ago | (#47275941)

It's not a car.

That's a cage. That's a car.

Re:No (2)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 3 months ago | (#47276345)

Not only is it NOT A MOTORCYCLE! the person talking about it has never ridden a motorcycle.

which is easier on the driver's legs than putting a foot down the way you do while riding most motorcycles.

First all motorcycles. Not most. Second. Who the hell ever pulled up to a stop while riding and thought "Fuck. I have to put my feet down again!"?

Re:No (5, Funny)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 3 months ago | (#47276495)

... Second. Who the hell ever pulled up to a stop while riding and thought "Fuck. I have to put my feet down again!"?

A guy I knew once told me that when he lived in Germany, he'd get very drunk every night after work, drive home on a road that he'd figured out the timing of the traffic lights so well that he never had to put his foot down even once. The only problem was he'd forget to put his foot down when he got to his destination.. So every night the homeowners knew when he arrived in the garage by hearing him and his cycle fall over. :-)

Re:No (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 3 months ago | (#47276707)

That is awesome.

Re:No (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 3 months ago | (#47276831)

A couple of questions come to mind. "How does one backup?", and "If I need to make a U-Turn, how can I?"

Re:No (4, Interesting)

aitikin (909209) | about 3 months ago | (#47276567)

Not only is it NOT A MOTORCYCLE! the person talking about it has never ridden a motorcycle.

which is easier on the driver's legs than putting a foot down the way you do while riding most motorcycles.

First all motorcycles. Not most. Second. Who the hell ever pulled up to a stop while riding and thought "Fuck. I have to put my feet down again!"?

Not all. Like it or not "trikes [harley-davidson.com] " are considered and labelled motorcycles. As such, your statement is not accurate.

Second, I know a number of people who dislike it due to weaker legs/ankle injuries/etc (and thus, are attracted moreso to the trikes, which, for the record, I HATE).

Re:No (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276703)

> are considered and labelled motorcycle

Depends on the state. Here in Washington they are not motorcycles. I have a motorcycle endorsement, but I can't ride one. Also, my motorcycle insurance doesn't cover one. They are not motorcycles and need an entirely different set of skills to ride so the states are correct in requiring seperate testing and endorsements for them.

Re:No (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 3 months ago | (#47276723)

Regulations state lots of things that we human beings know to be untrue.

All motorcycle riders know that is not a motorcycle. It is in fact a 2 wheeled car. The DMV can lic it however they want though.

Re:Trikes (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276793)

I used to hate trikes too, but like you say, they are the only way for a lot of older people and people with injuries to enjoy riding. Now I appreciate the vehicles for what they are.

Re:No (2)

camperdave (969942) | about 3 months ago | (#47276693)

Not only is it NOT A MOTORCYCLE! the person talking about it has never ridden a motorcycle.

It is a motorcycle if the DMV* says it is.

*... or whatever government agency is responsible for vehicle licensing.

Re:No (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 3 months ago | (#47276759)

So not true.

Re: I have to put my feet down again! (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276809)

To be fair, motorcycles have a rider in a standing position. I wouldn't look forward to trying to balance that thing from that reclined position with any kind of cross-wind.

Re:No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276847)

Me - on a flooded road :-)

Got it... (1, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 3 months ago | (#47275943)

Hipster Mobile for the Glasshole crowd.

Re:Got it... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276035)

-1 Douchey

Re:Got it... (1)

Shortguy881 (2883333) | about 3 months ago | (#47276081)

Doesn't change how ugly that car/motorcycle/whatever is.

Re:Got it... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276191)

-1 Douchey

-1 Douchey

Re:Got it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276271)

it's sort of a motorcycle, for the low low price of more than a car. Seriously, my car cost less, my bike cost nearly a quarter of what they want to charge for this. And it's got a slower top speed than either of my vehicles. I will admit at least though that 200 mile range is about on par for a motorcycle, but I can refill my bike in about 2 minutes, and usually a day out riding for fun involves a tank and a half of gas. Might be a bit of an issue.

And really, electric sort of doesn't make sense for bikes since electric really isn't any quicker, and my bike already gets like 60mpg. with a retail cost of 24K, cost of insurance completely nullifies any fuel cost savings. My bike was 7K and costs me 80 bucks a year to insure, how much is this thing going to cost to insure.

Re:Got it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276293)

History in the Making Harley davidson finally make an efficient engine!

Why? (2)

khb (266593) | about 3 months ago | (#47275947)

The gyos add complexity, and dropping a third wheel doesn't save that much space. See Riley's classic http://www.amazon.com/Alternat... [amazon.com] or just search for some of his existing designs.

As a previous owner of a Sparrow, I wish these guys luck. Unfortunately, I need a three seater ...my trusty (actual) motorcycle sits idle since I've too often got to worry about hauling two kids these days.

Re:Why? (3, Interesting)

FridayBob (619244) | about 3 months ago | (#47276207)

The gyos add complexity, and dropping a third wheel doesn't save that much space. ...

You must be thinking of something like the Peraves MonoTracer [wordpress.com] , but my impression of it is that it takes some getting used to. The C-1 will be much, much easier to deal with (not to mention better looking). As for the added complexity, the gyos make it easier to drive and don't make it prohibitively expensive ($24k, v. $104k for the monotracer), so who cares? As long as it works.

Re:Why? (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 3 months ago | (#47276209)

The gyos add complexity, and dropping a third wheel doesn't save that much space.

The gyro might add more stability than a third wheel.

Re:Why? (2)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 3 months ago | (#47276489)

The gyos add complexity, and dropping a third wheel doesn't save that much space.

The gyro might add more stability than a third wheel.

It almost certainly does. Three-wheelers are notoriously unstable [wikipedia.org] .

Tigerblood. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47275973)

Flash video? Seriously? Slashdot continues its slide into irrelevance.

Re:Tigerblood. (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about 3 months ago | (#47276669)

Sad as it may be, I think websites that lack flash videos are the ones sliding into irrelevance. Forget using words to convey an idea - even still images are passé - if it can be said it can be shown in a video or animated gif. At least that's how it feels on 90% of the web.

Guaranteed Death (0)

Teckla (630646) | about 3 months ago | (#47276003)

Guaranteed death in a car accident -- what's not to love?

Re:Guaranteed Death (4, Insightful)

Jeremi (14640) | about 3 months ago | (#47276079)

Guaranteed death in a car accident -- what's not to love?

That doesn't stop all the motorcyclists and bicyclists out there; they have even less protection than this offers.

Plus in this you don't have to wear stifling leather clothing, and you can drive in the rain without getting soaked.

I think there is a market for this.

Re:Guaranteed Death (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276121)

the appeal behind motorcycles is gotta go fast, the wind in your hair, and being able to squeeze through tight spots, this abomination does none of these.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276267)

That only applies to states that allow both lane splitting and don't have helmet laws. I'm not even sure if California applies.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 3 months ago | (#47276385)

I'll give up wind in my hair to avoid gravel in my scalp but goddamn, more places need to allow lane splitting.

Re:Guaranteed Death (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276485)

Doesn't have to be legal for it to be done. Lane split on a highway that is a parking lot, nobody will be able to pull you over until the city gets a traffic enforcement system similar to the one in Ringworld that sucks you and your vehicle into the county jail.

I personally don't do this, but it is quite common for motorcyclists to do this, as well as ride the breakdown lane for miles and miles.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#47276781)

No. It's dangerous both to the rider and everyone around them.

Don't be so impatient.

OR...

Get a dual-sport/enduro bike. That way you can go off-road and not put the safety of other motorists at risk.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 3 months ago | (#47276377)

And the stifling leather clothing.

Re:Guaranteed Death (5, Insightful)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 3 months ago | (#47276613)

the appeal behind motorcycles is gotta go fast

There are 200,000 Harley buyers a year that disagree with you.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 3 months ago | (#47276311)

The leather is half the fun, baby.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 3 months ago | (#47276389)

Plus in this you don't have to wear stifling leather clothing, and you can drive in the rain without getting soaked.

I think there is a market for this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_(automobile)

And it doesn't require touchy gyros, can fit a passenger, and a little bit of cargo.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

volkerdi (9854) | about 3 months ago | (#47276337)

Yeah, and don't forget that "loud pipes save lives" around typical inattentive drivers. This thing is silent but deadly.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276431)

As a 30+ year motorcyclist, "loud pipes save lives" is, IMHO, crap. Most impacts come from the front, where the sound is naturally less. Being a defensive rider saves lives, helmets save lives, being an asshole with a straight pipe not so much. And you'll note that often the "loud pipes save lives" proponents are also of the opinion that "helmet laws suck".

whatever. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276685)

Yeah, and don't forget that "loud pipes save lives" around typical inattentive drivers. This thing is silent but deadly.

A coworker of mine thought that.

He was STILL clobbered because of a dingbat driving her well sound insulated white SUV - and drove off; never to be caught for hit and run.

He's pretty screwed up but can still program.

As for me, walking on the side fo the road to have some narcissistic assholes cruising along at 10MPH - twisting their throttle - VROOM! VROOM! VROOM! - with their fat guts and gray hair hanging out of their over priced leather outfits, just has me putting my fingers in my ears, shaking my head and feeling sorry for such losers who have nothing better in their lives than to spend too much money on crap and live a delusion that they are "born to be wild" on weekends and have to go to their souless corporate drone lives on Monday.

Re:Guaranteed Death (2)

FridayBob (619244) | about 3 months ago | (#47276503)

Guaranteed death in a car accident -- what's not to love?

That's an unfair comparison. You're thinking of it as a very, very small car, which in the case of a collision involving almost any four-wheeled vehicle can never offer its occupants an equal chance of emerging unscathed (the reason why a friend of mine always preferred that his wife drive a Cadillac). Instead, think of the C-1 as a greener, much safer and more comfortable version of a motorcycle that also has a cost per mile of 0.6 cents.

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276705)

Not to mention that if everyone just drove smaller vehicles everyone would be safer in aggregate...

Re:Guaranteed Death (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 3 months ago | (#47276645)

Guaranteed death in a car accident -- what's not to love?

Three major wrecks while riding a motorcycle. I still ride, and I am apparently alive as well. However, if you have have figured out a way to get out of this life without dieing, I am all ears!

Re:Guaranteed Death (2, Interesting)

MrChips (29877) | about 3 months ago | (#47276907)

According to these stats [tc.gc.ca] for Canada in 2009, car drivers suffered about 1173 deaths and 5393 serious injuries while among motorcyclists there were 194 deaths and 1271 serious injuries. If you add these up and look at the percentage chance of death if involved in a collision severe enough for serious injuries than you'll see an 18% chance of death for the car drivers and 13% for the motorcyclists.

Care to share your source for "guaranteed death"?

Not as original as they claim (2)

dorzak (142233) | about 3 months ago | (#47276029)

They are not as original as they claim. There was a similar concept in kit car magazines in the 90's. There is a Youtube video (Yes, it is Flash but so is the video on the story)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

Re:Not as original as they claim (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 3 months ago | (#47276675)

But but... It's not "electric" so it uses like energy and stuff!

Re:Not as original as they claim (4, Interesting)

FridayBob (619244) | about 3 months ago | (#47276755)

They are not as original as they claim. There was a similar concept in kit car magazines in the 90's. There is a Youtube video (Yes, it is Flash but so is the video on the story)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

Yes, and over 30 years before that there was the Ford Gyron [wikipedia.org] , which was much more like a car, and even it was not original. However, nothing like that has ever made it into production. If the C-1 does, it'll be the first gyroscopically stabilized vehicle ever to make it to market. And I figure it has a good chance of success, because $24k is hardly unaffordable.

Re:Not as original as they claim (1)

mujadaddy (1238164) | about 3 months ago | (#47276791)

There is a Youtube video (Yes, it is Flash

It's 2014. You can disable your Flash plugin and it plays just fine.

Re:Not as original as they claim (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276919)

There is also the Peraves Monotracer [webroad.ch] , as in an enclosed motorcycle with landing wheels.

My next car (1)

greg_barton (5551) | about 3 months ago | (#47276043)

I don't need a new car, and probably won't for a few years. But this will be my next car when I'm ready to buy one.

So it's a gyrocar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276053)

Gyrocars are nothing new. The design is about 100 years old. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrocar What makes this one so special and why do they think this gyrocar will succeed where others have failed?

Re:So it's a gyrocar? (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276273)

Computers.

Re:So it's a gyrocar? (2)

Richy_T (111409) | about 3 months ago | (#47276391)

Cup holders.

Re:So it's a gyrocar? (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 3 months ago | (#47276697)

Hipsters.

Re:So it's a gyrocar? (2)

FridayBob (619244) | about 3 months ago | (#47276885)

Gyrocars are nothing new. ... What makes this one so special and why do they think this gyrocar will succeed where others have failed?

Thanks to the fact that the C-1 is electric and makes use of modern computer technology, it's simpler, lighter and cheaper to produce than its conceptual predecessors and has the potential to be much more reliable. Oh, and a gyrocar in production... that would be something new.

Video has no action (1)

rsborg (111459) | about 3 months ago | (#47276089)

I wish I didn't wait through the advert just to hear the guy speak. What's the point of a video of a vehicle that's not moving?

Déjà vu? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47276105)

I think I've seen that design somewhere before, but I can't remember where/when.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | about 3 months ago | (#47276519)

I'm pretty sure Cousin It drove one in the Adam's Family movie.

Re:Déjà vu? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#47276537)

Top Gear. Can't remember if it was the Carver or the EcoBike, but that's where I saw it.

Hard to forget the image of Jeremy Clarkson stuffing himself in that tiny, tiny back seat...

Re:Déjà vu? (2)

Snard (61584) | about 3 months ago | (#47276621)

Are you remembering this?

http://cobbsblog.com/gyro/gyro... [cobbsblog.com]

(I remember reading that Science & Mechanics article in the day.)

Suspension? (1)

jeti (105266) | about 3 months ago | (#47276135)

The wheels are very close to the chassis. I wonder whether the vehicle has any suspension at all.

Re:Suspension? (1)

FridayBob (619244) | about 3 months ago | (#47276931)

The wheels are very close to the chassis. I wonder whether the vehicle has any suspension at all.

Yeah, I saw that too. But, remember that the one in the video is only a prototype. I have little doubt that any production version will have more suspension travel. For example, I suspect that the latter will have slightly smaller wheels.

Self-balancing -- finally! (2)

fisted (2295862) | about 3 months ago | (#47276155)

Everyone who ever rode a motorcycle knows very well they those things already self-balance to an impressive degree. Even if you wanted, you couldn't make one simply fall over (short of giving the handlebar a huge jerk)

Re:Self-balancing -- finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276213)

This stays up at stops. Big difference, though I don't see putting my feet down at a stop as a hardship. Riding this thing won't be any exercise like a real motorcycle is either.

self balancing when stopped (2)

Chirs (87576) | about 3 months ago | (#47276233)

The key to this one is that you don't need to put feet down when stopped, so it can be recumbant and fully-enclosed.

Re:self balancing when stopped (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276295)

Motorcycles typically have very sticky tires that allow them to stop much faster than nearly any car. The downside is that they rarely last even 10,000 miles.

Re:self balancing when stopped (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276331)

Damn. Replied to the wrong post.

On a side note, the video mentions the final version will be drive-by-wire. In theory, such a vehicle could be fully automated, like those google cars.

Re:Self-balancing -- finally! (2)

CAIMLAS (41445) | about 3 months ago | (#47276309)

This is incredible, really: motorcycles are much easier to balance at higher speeds. They made the most difficult part of riding a bike trivial.

I'm curious how much mass they had to add to the bike to make it self-balance like that, and how well it balance with a 200lb rider (driver? I guess it'd be driver, since it's got a cage). And on corners, as well - presumably the gyros/inclinometer or whatever feeds the steering data.

I want one of these without the cage and a gas motor, personally. 50mpg+ for a road trip would not be bad: 200 miles on a run is not good. 200 miles is almost tethered.

I prefer more tires for more contact with the road (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | about 3 months ago | (#47276185)

I like it when my brakes stop me before I slide into something.
(I ride a motorcycle, I find riding in the rain to be unpleasant for a variety of reasons)

Re:I prefer more tires for more contact with the r (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about 3 months ago | (#47276349)

I also ride a motorcycle, and I agree that riding in the rain on downhills or over those metal construction plates can be very harrowing. Maybe the gyros will help with that to some extent.

Re:I prefer more tires for more contact with the r (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 3 months ago | (#47276429)

Riding in the raid is a state of mind. It helps if you have a warm shower and dry towels at the end of your ride.

If it's cold or torrential, that's a different story.

Re:I prefer more tires for more contact with the r (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 3 months ago | (#47276443)

raid->rain

Re:I prefer more tires for more contact with the r (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276511)

I like it when my brakes stop me before I slide into something.
(I ride a motorcycle, I find riding in the rain to be unpleasant for a variety of reasons)

I like to learn physics and see that the number of wheels has nothing to do with it.
http://easycalculation.com/physics/classical-physics/learn-static-friction.php

Re:I prefer more tires for more contact with the r (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276729)

I guess you didn't get to the next chapter on kinetic friction? http://easycalculation.com/phy... [easycalculation.com]
Once I have to worry about static frication I've already spun out of control.

And that the coefficient of friction(mu_k) of a four wheeled car is different than a two wheel motorcycle.

Of course what is also really nice is a high coefficient of traction, so you don't slide out of a flat curve (non-banked). But because traction does depend on loaded weight, having extra tires is of a huge benefit.

2 wheels allows them to avoid a tonne of regs (2)

Marrow (195242) | about 3 months ago | (#47276713)

4 wheels is a car. Cars have a metric shit-load of regulations associated with production, testing, warranty. Many of these are specific barriers to entry to prevent new car companies from entering the market.
2 wheels allows them to avoid all that and build something that is ultra-light and efficient and can be brought to market. Bravo for them.

This is Awesome (1)

marcgvky (949079) | about 3 months ago | (#47276223)

Does it come with air conditioning? Wonder if you could have a two-seater?

Once the electronics are miniaturized (2)

tepples (727027) | about 3 months ago | (#47276323)

Wonder if you could have a two-seater?

Yes. The video shows a prototype with a rack of control circuitry behind the driver's seat, but near the end he mentions how they've miniaturized the circuitry enough since this prototype was built to replace it with a second seat.

Re:This is Awesome (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#47276551)

It is a two-seater, if you can bring yourself to call that tiny bit of fabric in the back a "seat."

Falls over when it runs out of juice? (1)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | about 3 months ago | (#47276287)

So, if you take the thing to its limits, you'd better remember to get out before the battery completely dies. Because when the gyro stops turning, you can't put your feet down (since there is a vehicle body in the way) to keep the thing from falling over.

Not that I think the idea is a bad one in general.

I saw a Kickstarter campaign just the other day using this concept to replace training wheels in kids' bikes (a gyro goes in the front wheel). Personally, I think it was a better idea in the kids' bike than on a motorbike. And that Kickstarter video had actual footage of the concept in action, with kids riding bikes, and a shot of the bike rolling with no one on it and self correcting when somebody smacked it several times in a manner that would normally knock a bike over).

Re:Falls over when it runs out of juice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276559)

I'm sure it's trivial to design a kickstand that automatically deploys once the gyros drop below a certain speed. If not, then it's certainly easy enough to design a system that detects imminent battery depletion and deploys the kickstand.

dom

This is dangerous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276335)

I don't want to be in a vehicle that has a large high speed gyro directly underneath my ass.

It's not a Slashdot news item... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276423)

...It's an Engadget post in disguise.

wow....200 whole orders??? (3, Interesting)

tekrat (242117) | about 3 months ago | (#47276521)

200 pre orders?? Screw that. The Elio has 20,000 pre-orders, and it's not built yet, has a nice low (projected) cost of $6800 and gets 84mpg. And I'd much rather have the Elio than the C-1 (although for a brief moment, I considered the C-1)... But for the long range I need, the Elio fits my requirements better.
http://www.eliomotors.com/ [eliomotors.com]

Turns? (1)

godel_56 (1287256) | about 3 months ago | (#47276539)

I haven't looked at the Slashdot video, but on YouTube there's no sign of it turning corners. What effect will the gyros have on that?

Re:Turns? (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | about 3 months ago | (#47276587)

I thought about that too but I bet that they slow the gyros as the vehicle speed increases.

Re:Turns? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276779)

They can probably use the gyros to activate the lean to the precise angle desired to optimize cornering ability. They could even use them to correct in the event of a low-side or high-side starting up.

akira (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276555)

Sure this isn't quite a motorcycle or a car but its been long known that any propulsion system is more effective for two wheels vs four. The crux of the electric market is limited range but for a motorcycle ypy generally operate in a limited range anyway to cruise to work or leisure. This seems to be the best suit for electric currently from a use vs cost aspect.

1 year later (1)

maliqua (1316471) | about 3 months ago | (#47276639)

and its still neither a motor cycle nor a car

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smoke and mirrors (2)

AndyKron (937105) | about 3 months ago | (#47276785)

It's all smoke and mirrors like the VentureOne, and the Moller Skycar.

No vroom vroom sound either? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47276937)

Is this article targeted at 4 year olds?

How about a BICYCLE with this tech? (2, Interesting)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 3 months ago | (#47276947)

The gyro would be a flywheel to store some of the power of downhills and flat pedaling, to be expended as a booster on uphills. And because a storage flywheel of this kind would at most times be at maximum speed at signals and stops on the flat, cyclists would no longer have an excuse to not follow traffic controls. Your feet could remain firmly in the pedal clips when you stop at the Stop sign.

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