EMBRIO One Wheeler

EMBRIO One Wheeler
After all sorts of three wheeled motorcycles (e.g., the T-Rex and the PIAGGIO MP3), how about a one-wheeler? The Bombardier EMBRIO is a concept one-wheeled hydrogen fuel cell-powered, gyroscopically balanced recreational and commuting vehicle for one or more passengers. The EMBRIO takes the Segway a step further toward its designers’ vision of human transportation in the year 2025.

The design team at the Canadian company Bombardier chose very light materials for the EMBRIO, including aluminum, magnesium, and nylon, resulting in a total weight of merely 360 lbs. (163 kg). The EMBRIO will use a number of advanced automotive technologies, such as infrared night vision, a digitally encoded key, and active suspension, which can vary its damping rates based on road conditions. Balance is achieved via a network of sensors and gyroscopes. Although the designers believe in the gyroscope’s ability to stabilize the vehicle, they did keep a longitudinally smaller wheel that operates similarly to an airplane’s landing gear, retracting when the vehicle slows to 12 mph (20 km/h).

The Bombadier EMBRIO received the Industrial Design Society of America & Business Week Magazine’s Gold Award back in 2003 and is still merely a concept, which may or may not materialize. Regardless, it stands as a testament for the creativity of its designers.

More information on the EMBRIO concept from the Bombardier website.
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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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