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Dual-mode transport - the trend accelerates

Dual-mode transport - the tren...
As car ownership grows, congestion grows and parking in city centers becomes more expensive, and a car will increasingly only get you part of the way to your destination in most countries in the world.
As car ownership grows, congestion grows and parking in city centers becomes more expensive, and a car will increasingly only get you part of the way to your destination in most countries in the world.
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
Honda's U3-X is seen as an ideal last-mile transportation device, small enough to reside inside a door
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Honda's U3-X is seen as an ideal last-mile transportation device, small enough to reside inside a door
The Geely McCar 2 is the second "Magic Car" with a built-in secondary transportation device
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The Geely McCar 2 is the second "Magic Car" with a built-in secondary transportation device
General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
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General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
That's Gizmag's Editor-in-chief Noel McKeegan holding the Yikebike - the current benchmark for the smallest and lightest production mobility device. It's a carbon fiber, electric penny farthing that weighs just over 10 kg - it'll take you 10 km at 25 km/h. On the family tree of invention, it is far more closely related to your electric toothbrush than your car. The Yikebike is a stand-out in applying miniaturization to create new and more efficient transportation appliances, but there will be more.
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That's Gizmag's Editor-in-chief Noel McKeegan holding the Yikebike - the current benchmark for the smallest and lightest production mobility device. It's a carbon fiber, electric penny farthing that weighs just over 10 kg - it'll take you 10 km at 25 km/h. On the family tree of invention, it is far more closely related to your electric toothbrush than your car. The Yikebike is a stand-out in applying miniaturization to create new and more efficient transportation appliances, but there will be more.
The Geely McCar 2 is the second "Magic Car" with a built-in secondary transportation device
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The Geely McCar 2 is the second "Magic Car" with a built-in secondary transportation device
The Geely McCar 2 is the second "Magic Car" with a built-in secondary transportation device
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The Geely McCar 2 is the second "Magic Car" with a built-in secondary transportation device
BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
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BMW's i8 Spyder with two matching BMW three-wheeled electric kick scooters in the rear
General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
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General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
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General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
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General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Honda showed the Honda MotoCompo concept inside another Honda, the Micro Commuter Concept
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At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Honda showed the Honda MotoCompo concept inside another Honda, the Micro Commuter Concept
From the 2011Tokyo Motor Show, the motocompo has a removable battery, smartphone docking station and folds down to a stow inside the door of the Micro Commuter Concept.
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From the 2011Tokyo Motor Show, the motocompo has a removable battery, smartphone docking station and folds down to a stow inside the door of the Micro Commuter Concept.
Honda's removable Motocompo battery fits its other EVs and a spare battery can be accomodated inside the other door in its own docking station
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Honda's removable Motocompo battery fits its other EVs and a spare battery can be accomodated inside the other door in its own docking station
The Honda Motocompo concept
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The Honda Motocompo concept
Honda has a lot of experience building mobility devices from the U3-X through walking assist devices through to its experimental robot ASIMO which contributes much understanding-
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Honda has a lot of experience building mobility devices from the U3-X through walking assist devices through to its experimental robot ASIMO which contributes much understanding-
Honda is well placed to offer an array of intelligent mobility assist devices using its three decade development of ASIMO as a basis - that's ASIMO with the U3-X
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Honda is well placed to offer an array of intelligent mobility assist devices using its three decade development of ASIMO as a basis - that's ASIMO with the U3-X
Nissan's segway-style skis keep cropping up - they will certainly surface sooner or later
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Nissan's segway-style skis keep cropping up - they will certainly surface sooner or later
Nissan's segway-style skis keep cropping up - they will certainly surface sooner or later
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Nissan's segway-style skis keep cropping up - they will certainly surface sooner or later
BMW's three-wheeled electric scooter
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BMW's three-wheeled electric scooter
BMW's three-wheeled electric scooter
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BMW's three-wheeled electric scooter
BMW's three-wheeled electric scooter
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BMW's three-wheeled electric scooter
Honda's U3-X is intended to be a very personal device which will personalised in much the same way students make their laptop their own
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Honda's U3-X is intended to be a very personal device which will personalised in much the same way students make their laptop their own
Toyota's promotional staff took every opportunity to ride the Winglet and they were very good at it
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Toyota's promotional staff took every opportunity to ride the Winglet and they were very good at it
Toyota's promotional push for the Winglet has already begun in Japan
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Toyota's promotional push for the Winglet has already begun in Japan
Toyota's promotional push for the Winglet has already begun in Japan
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Toyota's promotional push for the Winglet has already begun in Japan
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There are three versions available of the Toyota Winglet
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There are three versions available of the Toyota Winglet
There are three versions available of the Toyota Winglet
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There are three versions available of the Toyota Winglet
General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
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General Motors' Flextreme Concept from 2007 carried two Segways in tunnels under the car
The Yikebike locked and loaded, wieghs in at just a tad over 10 kg
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The Yikebike locked and loaded, wieghs in at just a tad over 10 kg
The 10 kg Yikebike locked and loaded, wieghs in at just a tad over 10 kg
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The 10 kg Yikebike locked and loaded, wieghs in at just a tad over 10 kg
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Mike Hanlon tries the Yikebike for weight
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Mike Hanlon tries the Yikebike for weight
Nissan's Segway skis
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Nissan's Segway skis
Nissan's Segway skis
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Nissan's Segway skis
Nissan's Segway skis
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Nissan's Segway skis
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder from above shows the two three-wheeled kick scooters in their charging cradles
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The BMW i8 Spyder from above shows the two three-wheeled kick scooters in their charging cradles
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
The BMW i8 Spyder
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The BMW i8 Spyder
That's the Suzuki Pixy at left and the Suzuki SSC (which stands for Sea Bass Sharing Coach) at right.
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That's the Suzuki Pixy at left and the Suzuki SSC (which stands for Sea Bass Sharing Coach) at right.
The Suzuki Pixy was designed to fit inside other larger conveyances to facilitate travel across different distances
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The Suzuki Pixy was designed to fit inside other larger conveyances to facilitate travel across different distances
The Winglet could be ridden quicklly and gracefully
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The Winglet could be ridden quicklly and gracefully
Noel McKeegan lifts the 10.5 kg Yikebike
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Noel McKeegan lifts the 10.5 kg Yikebike
Toyota's Winglets
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Toyota's Winglets
Toyota's Winglets
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Toyota's Winglets
The General Motors Flextreme Concept contained a pair of Segways ingeniously located to optimize luggage space
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The General Motors Flextreme Concept contained a pair of Segways ingeniously located to optimize luggage space
The General Motors Flextreme Concept contained a pair of Segways
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The General Motors Flextreme Concept contained a pair of Segways
The Yikebike can be carried on public transport easily
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The Yikebike can be carried on public transport easily
The Yikebike can be carried through otherwise forbidden access areas quite easily
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The Yikebike can be carried through otherwise forbidden access areas quite easily
The Honda Motocompo is small enough to slip into the door trim of a car
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The Honda Motocompo is small enough to slip into the door trim of a car
The Honda Micro Commuter Concept shown at Tokyo Motor Show last December, contained a MotoComp as a second mode of transport
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The Honda Micro Commuter Concept shown at Tokyo Motor Show last December, contained a MotoComp as a second mode of transport
Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles.
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Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles.
Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles.
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Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles.
Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles and offer personal transport when undocked
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Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles and offer personal transport when undocked
Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles.
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Suzuki's Pixy was designed to dock inside other vehicles.
The i8 certainly looks like a sports car of the future, but we suspect it will become one of the first production vehicles for the new brand from BMW.
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The i8 certainly looks like a sports car of the future, but we suspect it will become one of the first production vehicles for the new brand from BMW.
The BMW i8 Spyder Concept
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The BMW i8 Spyder Concept
The BMW i8 Spyder Concept
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The BMW i8 Spyder Concept
Volkswagen introduces the Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
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Volkswagen introduces the Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
VW's Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
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VW's Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
VW's Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
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VW's Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
VW's Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
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VW's Bik.e, an electric bike that folds to the size of a spare tire.
The Geely McCar is actually related to the Volvo these days
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The Geely McCar is actually related to the Volvo these days
The McCar from Geely.
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The McCar from Geely.
Toyota's Winglet was ridden to great effect in Toyota's booth at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show
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Toyota's Winglet was ridden to great effect in Toyota's booth at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show
This chap was a Winglet master - he could do things on the Winglet which made me think of a much greater, sporting potential for the device.
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This chap was a Winglet master - he could do things on the Winglet which made me think of a much greater, sporting potential for the device.
First steps for Mike on the Winglet - "it is much more stable than it looks, and it's done with algorithms, not mass."
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First steps for Mike on the Winglet - "it is much more stable than it looks, and it's done with algorithms, not mass."
I had a close look at one of these machines and it had clearly seen a lot of use, indicating great durability.
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I had a close look at one of these machines and it had clearly seen a lot of use, indicating great durability.
Motorised personal transportation that you can carry in one hand, with superb handling
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Motorised personal transportation that you can carry in one hand, with superb handling
This gal walked on stage carrying the U3-X, clicked out the footrests and seat, and then performed the most fluid, floating, enchanting dance
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This gal walked on stage carrying the U3-X, clicked out the footrests and seat, and then performed the most fluid, floating, enchanting dance
The U3-X has a wheel which rotates in two planes - nothing quite like it exists - this guy performed some wonderful demonstrations of how easily the u3-X can be controlled
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The U3-X has a wheel which rotates in two planes - nothing quite like it exists - this guy performed some wonderful demonstrations of how easily the u3-X can be controlled
Honda's growing array of mobility aids
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Honda's growing array of mobility aids
Honda's growing array of mobility aids
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Honda's growing array of mobility aids
The Streetcarver - my right elbow remembers this beast not so fondly. It was a remarkable device but lacked brakes - with electric four-wheel-drive, this would be a weapon
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The Streetcarver - my right elbow remembers this beast not so fondly. It was a remarkable device but lacked brakes - with electric four-wheel-drive, this would be a weapon
Toyota has experimented with lots of Personal Mobility devices over the years
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Toyota has experimented with lots of Personal Mobility devices over the years
Toyota has experimented with lots of Personal Mobility devices over the years - this was a predecessor to the current iREAL
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Toyota has experimented with lots of Personal Mobility devices over the years - this was a predecessor to the current iREAL
The author tries the Toyota iREAL
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The author tries the Toyota iREAL
The Gocycle is an electric bike that folds into a briefcase - it's one of the cleanest and simplest ways to add a secondary mode of transport to your current vehicle
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The Gocycle is an electric bike that folds into a briefcase - it's one of the cleanest and simplest ways to add a secondary mode of transport to your current vehicle
The Gocycle is an electric bike we've ridden quite a few miles on - it's quick, quiet, fuss-free
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The Gocycle is an electric bike we've ridden quite a few miles on - it's quick, quiet, fuss-free
This is how it all began - the first personal transportation devices were called boneshakers for good reason
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This is how it all began - the first personal transportation devices were called boneshakers for good reason
Personal transport prior to the bicycle chain
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Personal transport prior to the bicycle chain
Personal transport prior to the bicycle chain
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Personal transport prior to the bicycle chain
The Gocycle ready for a car trunk, or perhaps as secondary transport on a boat
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The Gocycle ready for a car trunk, or perhaps as secondary transport on a boat
The Gocycle ready for the suitcase
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The Gocycle ready for the suitcase
The Toyota iREAL is definitely the real deal
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The Toyota iREAL is definitely the real deal
I cannot rate the Toyota iREAL too highly - it's a remarkable device that will seriously enhance the mobility of so many people
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I cannot rate the Toyota iREAL too highly - it's a remarkable device that will seriously enhance the mobility of so many people
The Hands Free Transporter could negotiate a cocktail party with just weight transfer steering it, then accelerate to over 20 km/h in seconds.
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The Hands Free Transporter could negotiate a cocktail party with just weight transfer steering it, then accelerate to over 20 km/h in seconds.
The BMW Streetcarver
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The BMW Streetcarver
The Geely McCar and three wheeler
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The Geely McCar and three wheeler
BMW's Streetcarver was very fast and turned very quickly - it took huge courage to ride it - tamed down and with regenerative brakes and electric power though, it would be very interesting
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BMW's Streetcarver was very fast and turned very quickly - it took huge courage to ride it - tamed down and with regenerative brakes and electric power though, it would be very interesting
The BRP Embrio Concept - a gyroscopically balanced, one-wheeled recreational and commuting vehicle
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The BRP Embrio Concept - a gyroscopically balanced, one-wheeled recreational and commuting vehicle
Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai - that's the three-wheeler it contains
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Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai - that's the three-wheeler it contains
Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
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Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
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Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
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Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
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Geely's McCar being released in Shanghai
Honda's diminutive U3-X is unique in so many ways - I can't wait to see what the modders and robotics students do with the U3-X. As a base for robotic devices it could be equally unique.
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Honda's diminutive U3-X is unique in so many ways - I can't wait to see what the modders and robotics students do with the U3-X. As a base for robotic devices it could be equally unique.
United Nations figures suggest the Octogenarian age group will be large in number. If history repeats (it seldom doesn't), the newfound numbers will add voice to the group in demanding high calibre mobility assist devices
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United Nations figures suggest the Octogenarian age group will be large in number. If history repeats (it seldom doesn't), the newfound numbers will add voice to the group in demanding high calibre mobility assist devices
The Toyota iREAL is the real deal - part wheeled exoskeleton, part bionic wheelchair, part mini EV sportcar ... and it carves and adapts its wheelbase despending on what you're doing - an awesome machine
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The Toyota iREAL is the real deal - part wheeled exoskeleton, part bionic wheelchair, part mini EV sportcar ... and it carves and adapts its wheelbase despending on what you're doing - an awesome machine
Ford's Flextreme Concept from 2007 had a pair of Segways cunningly secreted under the tailgate
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Ford's Flextreme Concept from 2007 had a pair of Segways cunningly secreted under the tailgate
The Honda Micro Commuter Concept also included a Motocompo as secondary transport
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The Honda Micro Commuter Concept also included a Motocompo as secondary transport
The Yikebike is the current state-of-the-art Transportation Appliance
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The Yikebike is the current state-of-the-art Transportation Appliance
One of Nissan's prototypes - they certainly look interesting
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One of Nissan's prototypes - they certainly look interesting
The Toyota Winglet is being proposed as a modern, more socially acceptable bicycle in space-challenged Japan
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The Toyota Winglet is being proposed as a modern, more socially acceptable bicycle in space-challenged Japan
Toyota has an entire division creating rehabilitiation, mobility and partner robots. The chair at left is yet another of a vast array of mobility options at the disposal of the giant
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Toyota has an entire division creating rehabilitiation, mobility and partner robots. The chair at left is yet another of a vast array of mobility options at the disposal of the giant
Honda's U3-X is a remarkable device largely due to this wheel - a triumph of invention that we expect to see commercilised within the next few years
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Honda's U3-X is a remarkable device largely due to this wheel - a triumph of invention that we expect to see commercilised within the next few years
Another contender as a transportation appliance was the now discontinued Zap Powerski. It was light and fast and you also needed a set of in-line skates or a skateboard - probably not suitable for everyone
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Another contender as a transportation appliance was the now discontinued Zap Powerski. It was light and fast and you also needed a set of in-line skates or a skateboard - probably not suitable for everyone
The Gocycle is the lightest folding EV we have ridden. It might be traditional in the sense of being a bicycle, but there's not much else about it that's traditional
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The Gocycle is the lightest folding EV we have ridden. It might be traditional in the sense of being a bicycle, but there's not much else about it that's traditional
As car ownership grows, congestion grows and parking in city centers becomes more expensive, and a car will increasingly only get you part of the way to your destination in most countries in the world.
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As car ownership grows, congestion grows and parking in city centers becomes more expensive, and a car will increasingly only get you part of the way to your destination in most countries in the world.
The Brompton demonstrates how it folds
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The Brompton demonstrates how it folds
The world of personal transport is changing rapidly and an automotive company offering two desirable forms of transport in one package will have a distinct advantage in the marketplace
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The world of personal transport is changing rapidly and an automotive company offering two desirable forms of transport in one package will have a distinct advantage in the marketplace
The Pon-e Trikke folds up to a manageable, if not quite small package and has a thriving boat marketplace as land transport
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The Pon-e Trikke folds up to a manageable, if not quite small package and has a thriving boat marketplace as land transport
The Pon-e Trikke folds up to a manageable, if not quite small package that has wheels
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The Pon-e Trikke folds up to a manageable, if not quite small package that has wheels
The Pon-e Trikke folds up to a manageable, if not quite small package that has wheels
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The Pon-e Trikke folds up to a manageable, if not quite small package that has wheels
As with traditional bicycle - the Pon-e is somehow familiar from the moment you step aboard - it's intuitive to use
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As with traditional bicycle - the Pon-e is somehow familiar from the moment you step aboard - it's intuitive to use
The Trikke Pon-e in full flight - one thing to note here is the precision offered by the steering
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The Trikke Pon-e in full flight - one thing to note here is the precision offered by the steering
The Trikke Pon-e in full flight - three shots and the rider is able to put the Pon-e on exactly the same spot each time
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The Trikke Pon-e in full flight - three shots and the rider is able to put the Pon-e on exactly the same spot each time
The Trikke Pon-e in full flight is both spectacular and very fast through the turns
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The Trikke Pon-e in full flight is both spectacular and very fast through the turns
Noel McKeegan chats with Trikke about the design of the Pon-e
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Noel McKeegan chats with Trikke about the design of the Pon-e
The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
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The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
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The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
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The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
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The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
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The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
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The Batribike Lite is now discontinued
The Carnielli Bigfish folds to just 101 x 65 x 30 cm , designed and developed in Slovenia and built by Carnielli in Italy. are many remarkable folding bikes
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The Carnielli Bigfish folds to just 101 x 65 x 30 cm , designed and developed in Slovenia and built by Carnielli in Italy. are many remarkable folding bikes
The Pon-e is definitely the most fun of all the transportation options through the turns
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The Pon-e is definitely the most fun of all the transportation options through the turns
We watched at the London Bicycle Show and those who tried the Pon-e all loved it
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We watched at the London Bicycle Show and those who tried the Pon-e all loved it
The Trikke Pon-e is light and robust and folds into a long and narrow unit for transport - it's biggest advantage here, is that the carry bag has wheels, so it's easy and convenient to roll the device.
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The Trikke Pon-e is light and robust and folds into a long and narrow unit for transport - it's biggest advantage here, is that the carry bag has wheels, so it's easy and convenient to roll the device.