Electric motorbike-car uses gyroscopes to stay upright upon collision
The Lit C-1 combines the car and motorbike in a compact two-wheeler that features electronic gyroscopes to keep it upright, even upon collision.
Aiming to provide the convenience of a motorcycle as well as the safety of a car, the C-1 will be a streamlined vehicle for two people (one in the front, one in the back), designed for short trips around urban areas. The entire car is powered electrically using batteries that provide 200 miles for each full charge, while 40kW electric motors on the wheels allow gyroscopes located under the body floor to spin at more than 1,300 lb/ft of torque. This system means that the car remains balanced when stopping and it would take a large sideways force for it to be knocked over. In the case of such an event, the chassis provides the protection not found in standard motorbikes. On top of these features, the vehicle is equipped with connectivity to smartphones to warn drivers of busy traffic and bad weather conditions that could affect their journey, as well as offer alternative routes. The vehicle is still in the testing stages and isn’t expected to be available until 2014. The C-1 is an eco-friendly mode of transport that allows users to weave in and out of traffic like a motorbike with less risk of accident.