Friday, January 7, 2011

Future Bubble Car

Many car designers are convinced that radical change in vehicle technology will be needed to overcrowded megacities in the future. In 2030, over 60% of the world population will live in cities, against 50% today, and many of them will be able to buy a car. The need to reduce emissions, an acute shortage of land for roads and parking, and the prospect of laws limiting the classic cars at any point the idea that different types and small vehicles will be in demand. In this spirit, some of these designers that come with things that looks much like a vehicle that was familiar to more than 50 years. Welcome to the return of the bubble car.

Bubble cars were built for personal transportation affordable. Most were two seats with only three wheels. They became especially popular when fuel prices soared in 1956 during the Suez crisis. One of the first was made in Italy Iso Isetta. Germany has been a prolific builder, too. Messerschmitt and Heinkel, banned from practicing their profession in the previous construct military aircraft turned to the cars of bubbles as an alternative in time of peace. BMW, meanwhile, changed the Isetta to use an engine of his motorbike.

modes higher revenues, lower fuel prices and changes made to the original bubble cars, but the idea seems ripe for revival, and three new versions, known as A-Vs (for devices electric-vehicle network), exciting the crowd at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. They can operate normally or operated independently, with their residents to do something else while the cars will automatically avoid hitting each other. They can also be summoned for their parking using a mobile phone. And instead of being driven by a gasoline engine smoked a little, they are powered electrically. What is most exciting is that the balance on two wheels.

The three FR-V, each with a different body shape, were built by an alliance between General Motors (GM), a U.S. company, and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, one of the largest automakers in China. The balancing system with two wheels on the use of cars has been developed by Segway, a company that makes personal transport devices used by police, postal workers and people who need to slide around large business campus (and whose owner, Jimi Heselden, was killed Sept. 27, while riding one of the devices in the company on a cliff).