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LIT's C-1: Enclosed, Self-Balancing Motorcycle

Discussion in 'Education & Research' started by sanman, Mar 1, 2012.

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  1. sanman

    sanman Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Looks cute, and it's probably cheaper than a car, with better fuel economy -- actually it's electric, with 150-mile range:

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    I could see college students or young professionals going for something like this.

    Would you drive it, if the price was attractive?
     
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    sanman Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    the price is the main issue with indian market. if it is attractively priced i dont think there will be shortage of people lining up to buy it
     
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    But yet Nano is still not selling well, in spite of an attractive price. And at least it looks like a regular 4-wheel vehicle.

    Heh, I'd love to see a high-performance sport model, a la Hayabusa :)
     
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    I prefer a TVS wego. I'm using one coz I'm $hit scared of using a car in Bangalore traffic (and it gives me some 50 KMPL and gets me home in 20 mins against the one hour a car will take me). In a two wheeler I'd need situational awareness whcih the enclosed body won't be able to give.
     
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    They said they have a strong roll cage, to protect the driver in a collision. They also claim the gyros are strong enough to keep it upright in a collision. It also has multiple airbags. I would think that its weight is light enough that it would be pushed away by a colliding vehicle, rather than crumpling - unless it got sandwiched.

    I don't see why you would need more situational awareness driving a C-1 as compared to driving a car. The C-1 is at least more enclosed and protected compared to a motorcycle.
     
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    I have to admit, I like the clever innovative gyro-stabilization idea for this thing:

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    And of course it has an a kickstand for when it's turned off.
    Not sure why it has 2 doors, tho
     
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    More on the inventor:

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    I wonder why Bajaj couldn't make something like this, since their main experience is in scooters? Obviously it doesn't have to be electric, but can be gas-powered like any other scooter. They can still use the clever flywheel-gyrostabilization idea, because that facilitates the fully-enclosed setup.

    Here's an older type of vehicle that was introduced in the late 1960s, but which failed to take off:

    Quasar (motorcycle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    With some design effort, Bajaj could certainly build gas-powered versions of their own, and at least they would look prettier than their ugly attempt at making a car:

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    It's not as if you need an electric motor - a gasoline version could still make use of the flywheel gyrostabilization, while providing good acceleration and fuel economy.

    LIT Motors calls its C-1 a "rolling iPhone" or "iPhone on wheels"

    Consider how beneficial cellphones have been for the 3rd world, and you can see that a "cellphone on wheels" would likewise give major benefits in transportation. Here you could market to the "sub-Nano" crowd -- ie. those who are too poor to even afford a Nano. That would mainly be youth from the lower economic classes. They could commute from their remote villages to their jobs in larger towns or tier-2 cities.

    Such a vehicle would be enclosed and therefore all-weather, while offering the lowest possible cost of ownership in that category. More gorgeous-looking high-end versions could also be built and marketed to young professionals and yuppies, offering air-conditioning, heating, touchscreen, etc.

    The thing could even be used as an economical second car for families.
     
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