Today, I’ll be posting up a new unusual vehicle, but unlike those driving machines that I have featured on my previous posts, this one’s different. Why? Ordinary vehicles, let’s say the unusual ones, well, no matter how they look like or how different they are, still, they are equipped with four wheels. But this new vehicle that I’m gonna’ give ya’ll? It has only one wheel. So imagine yourself driving a vehicle with one wheel. Me, I can’t, but sounds like cool and exciting. The Bombardier EMBRIO Concept is a hydrogen fuel cell, a gyroscopically balanced, one-wheeled recreational and commuting vehicle that provides an extraordinary vision of the kind of personal transport we could be using twenty years from now. So, that gives me an idea, a future that is full of one wheeled vehicles. Hmm..



The brief concept for the Bombardier EMBRIO was to actually “create highly innovative, functional and exciting products to exceed people’s recreational needs” and find the “next thing” in recreational vehicles. The result is a futuristic and minimalistic one-wheeler that is as about far away as you can get from the conventional image of a uni-cycle – a mode of transport normally associated with circuses and street parades.” Well, that was a good plan. The creators of this one of a kind machine is still focusing on safety while allowing its owner to enjoy an exhilarating ride.

Another cool style for this vehicle is that, the riding position is similar to the motorcycle with a complex series of sensors as well as gyroscopes balancing passengers on the single wheel. The rider activates a trigger on the left handlebar to accelerate and turns are made by shifting body-weight rather than actually steering. Every time Bombardier EMBRIO Concept is idle or is at rest in “stand-by configuration”, the front wheels deploy into the ground just like the landing gear on a plane to maximize longitudinal stability. Furthermore, the landing gear retracts when the vehicle speed reaches 20 km/h but even without the landing gear, the EMBRIO would be stable when motionless because of the gyroscope.

Basically, the Bombardier EMBRIO concept’s main power source is the hydrogen fuel cell as well as an additional advanced new car technologies which also features a high-performance braking system, active suspension, night vision, a digitally encoded key and robotic assistance would be incorporated into the design. The entire concept was built from the lightweight materials including Polypropylene, Santoprene, nylon (injection moulding), aluminum (stamping, die casting and robotic assembly), magnesium (casting) and the use of fuel cell technology and recycling of aluminum and polyethylene is designed to make the Bombardier EMBRIO an eco-friendly design throughout its life cycle. This extraordinary vehicle is just one of the good masterpieces of the Canadian based Bombardier Recreational Products and it received the Gold Award at the 2003 Annual Design Awards-Industrial Design Society of America & Business Week Magazine.

~ by khia0486 on June 10, 2008.

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