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   CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jan 17 12:58 PM

January 17, 2013 - Bombardier Embrio



Introducing the Bombadier Embrio, the motor bike of the future!

It uses gyroscopic technology to balance itself and the rider on one wheel. The smaller front wheel acts as stability control when the Embrio is stopped or traveling below 12mph.

It will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and we might see it in year 2025.

Discovered at High Tech



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jan 17 01:01 PM

It looks cool and futuristic and all that, but how does it steer? Or brake? Unicycles have control through their pedals, but I don't even see where to put my feet on this thing.



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jan 17 01:09 PM



Here we go. I should have looked before posting.

From Diseno-art.com we get more info about how this thing works.


Quote:
Bombadier drew on its experience with recreational vehicles when it came to design of the Embrio and it is intended for people who enjoy transport, this is evident in the styling and the necessity to lean into turns similar in a similar manner to a motorcyle rider.

The Bombadier Embrio is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell emitting only water as a by product driving an electric motor powering the main wheel.

Control of the Embrio is facilitated by a trigger control on the left handlebar for acceleration, and a trigger on the right for braking.



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jan 17 01:17 PM



I found more info on GizMag.

Quote:
Balancing Act

The riding position will be similar to a motorcycle with a complex series of sensors and 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.

When the EMBRIO concept is at rest in "stand-by configuration", the front wheels deploy to the ground like landing gear on a plane to increase longitudinal stability. 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.

The EMBRIO concept's main power source is a hydrogen fuel cell and additional advanced technologies including a high-performance braking system, active suspension, night vision, a digitally encoded key and robotic assistance would be incorporated into the design.
Guess I got a little curious!


Gravdigr  Thursday Jan 17 01:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
...but how does it steer? Or brake?...
Poorly, I would guess.

And it'll never see real world sales...for the same reason you can't buy a unicycle at Walmart.

Liability.


Sundae  Thursday Jan 17 03:28 PM

Want one.

Something like this is described in Against A Dark Background. Sharrow looks sexy on hers, but she'd look sexy with a pig's nose and a cucumber sticking out of her cooch.



Gravdigr  Thursday Jan 17 03:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
...but she'd look sexy with a pig's nose and a cucumber sticking out of her cooch.
Well, who wouldn't?


Sundae  Thursday Jan 17 03:39 PM

Bombadier always reminds me of the poem Timothy Winters.
It's Scottish and I know it my heart, but I did look it up to be sure I had the words in the right places.
This is the verse I mean.

Quote:
Old Man Winters likes his beer
And his missus ran off with a bombardier,
Grandma sits in the grate with a gin
And Timothy's dosed with an aspirin.
I'd love to meet a man called Tim Winters.
Gosh, how I'd bore him


jimhelm  Thursday Jan 17 04:00 PM

http://www.facebook.com/tim.winters.146?ref=ts&fref=ts

I give you Tim Winters



Sundae  Thursday Jan 17 04:04 PM

You really love me, don't you?



jimhelm  Thursday Jan 17 05:23 PM

Indubitably



BigV  Thursday Jan 17 05:52 PM

Ryno bike. It's real. And cool. And real cool.





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ZenGum  Thursday Jan 17 06:56 PM

Someone finally invented something more impractical than the segway. Huzzah!



richlevy  Thursday Jan 17 07:05 PM

Didn't Bombardier make some of the passenger rail cars for SEPTA (our local transit authority in Philadelphia region)?



Trilby  Friday Jan 18 05:17 AM

you can't get a week's worth of groceries with that thing! you can't even pick up your sick kid from school!

stupid.



glatt  Friday Jan 18 08:35 AM

Attachment 42493



footfootfoot  Friday Jan 18 10:17 AM

Am I the only one who thought of this?



newtimer  Friday Jan 18 11:10 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trilby View Post
you can't even pick up your sick kid from school!
Look again at that dude riding his unicycle. Look again at the retractable training wheels. Think he's going to score? Ever? There are no kids in his future, so it's a moot point.


BigV  Friday Jan 18 01:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trilby View Post
you can't get a week's worth of groceries with that thing! you can't even pick up your sick kid from school!

stupid.
It's true that picking up your sick kid would be tough on that ride. And it looks like the cargo capacity is limited. Not zero, looks like two shopping bags worth could be carried easily, but limited. But it's not the vehicle for those purposes. It's a city ride, a city commuter for an individual, kind of like a bicycle. There are lots of bike commuters and more coming. The same limits apply to a bike, but they're very common.

I don't think they're stupid at all. I think glatt's pic is funny (and prescient) and footfootfoot's pic is just prescient. It's awesome.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 18 02:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
It's a city ride, a city commuter for an individual, kind of like a bicycle.
Kind of not. It's a motor vehicle, subject to the same rules and restrictions.
Quote:
There are lots of bike commuters and more coming.
Oh joy.


BigV  Friday Jan 18 02:34 PM

like a bicycle used for commuting by an individual, as opposed to a vehicle with more general purpose capabilities. the motor don't factor into it. in Seattle, and likely most other places, the bicycles are subject to the rules for vehicles. on the road not the sidewalk, stopping at lights, rights of way, speed limits (ha), etc. I'm just pointing out how this one might be used most likely. Like a bike commuter uses his bike.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 18 02:47 PM

OK, but no bike lanes, special parking, or any of the other special privileges afforded bicycles in cities.



BigV  Friday Jan 18 02:53 PM

Ok.

You're gonna share the lane behind the bike that tops out at 15mph?

and you're gonna circle the block until the bicycle moves out of that 18 foot metered parking space?

***

I don't get the car drivers' hostility to bicycle commuters. I DO get the hostility to traffic scofflaws regardless of the number of wheels, I do. And bikers can be supreme assholes about it. If I was a car driver, I'd be happy to get more people on bikes because that frees up a lot more road space by virtue of the car that's not there.

Being a dick in traffic is not cool--period.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 18 02:58 PM

It doesn't free up any space, because not knowing what the hell they'll do next, I have to give them so much room. I don't want to run over them and scratch my paint or put up with the smell of blood on my hot exhaust pipes. that's yucky.



richlevy  Sunday Jan 20 12:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
like a bicycle used for commuting by an individual, as opposed to a vehicle with more general purpose capabilities. the motor don't factor into it. in Seattle, and likely most other places, the bicycles are subject to the rules for vehicles. on the road not the sidewalk, stopping at lights, rights of way, speed limits (ha), etc. I'm just pointing out how this one might be used most likely. Like a bike commuter uses his bike.
Cyclists are not required to have a license, insurance, or license plates. They technically do not even need to carry ID, although they run the same risks as everyone else in moving around without documents. I can't see anyone but a bicycle cop being able to stop a bicyclist who refuses to stop.


footfootfoot  Sunday Jan 20 02:51 PM

I've been pulled over by cops while I was on my bicycle. It's a good idea not to run form the cops, because everybody knows if the police have to come and get you, they're bringing an ass-kicking with them.




SPUCK  Monday Jan 21 07:00 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
Look again at that dude riding his unicycle. Look again at the retractable training wheels. Think he's going to score? Ever?
You can obviously pick up hot babes with it.. As demonstrated in 2 of the 3 vids.


Trilby  Monday Jan 21 08:04 AM

foot that was hilarious.

(and good tips, too~!)



Gravdigr  Monday Jan 21 05:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Fuckin' A!


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