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Bombardier’s Embrio Advanced Concept: motorized unicycle

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What looks like a futuristic unicycle is actually the Bombardier’s Embrio Advanced Concept, which is a one-wheeled recreational and commuting motorcycle from the future – 2025 to be exact. Canadian company, Bombardier Recreational Products, has designed the single wheeled vehicle to be ridden like a motorcycle. Powered by hydrogen filled fuel cells, the Embrio sports a system of gyroscopes and sensors that can balance the bike along with two passengers. Under 12.5 mph (or standing still), the Embrio utilizes its two small front wheels to maintain the bike’s balance. It deploys during slow speeds but retracts once the Embrio gets up to speed. To bring it to a stop, the rider uses the hand brakes located on the handle bars.

Construction-wise, the Embrio is made from lightweight materials: aluminum, magnesium and nylon. It weighs 360 pounds.

I think I’ll wait on a flying version…

More photos and tech specs after the jump.




MODEL NAME: EMBRIO Advanced Concept
DEVELOPED BY: Bombardier Recreational Products
STATUS: Concept
YEAR: 2003
DRIVE SYSTEM: Fuel cell electric
FUEL: Hydrogen
LENGTH: 1,240 mm (48.8 in)
WIDTH: 700 mm (27.5 in)
HEIGHT: 1,200 mm (47.5 in)
WEIGHT: 164 kg (360 lbs)


Via:The Contaminated