The concept

The Joust is an electric personal transporter equipped with an ergonomic kneeling seat and lean steer handlebars. It it designed for short distance urban transportation and it could re-charge itself without ever being plugged in by using WiTriCity.

The background

The idea was to come up with an individual kneel-down vehicle capable of moving people in downtown areas, on campuses, or through underground tunnels. I wanted the Joust to be a clean and silent electric vehicle, narrow enough to pass through existing doors. The Joust could do all this at a speed of over 15 mph and with a range of 15 miles. It would not be meant to climb really steep hills, but it would be capable of climbing slopes and comfortably move you around city streets without taking much space.

How it work

Segway parts could be used to create the base of the vehicle. An Ergonomic seat/kneeling chair would be installed on the unit’s base, and a spring-loaded pivot point could assist the pilot in tilting his position slightly forward or backward so the vehicle could move in the desired direction. (This could also be achieved without any tilting mechanism) If the seat and pilot are aligned with the centre of gravity, the vehicle would remain in place, just like on a Segway.

To turn left or right, the pilot would lean the handlebars in the desired direction. This way the pilot could lean his body while riding and get a exciting feeling. In case the Joust loses power, a front skidplate (not shown) could absorb the shock and prevent the vehicle from doing a ‘face plant’. The height of the vehicle’s ground clearance could also be adjusted depending on whether you are riding on a flat or bumpy surface.

The Joust is similar to the ZEUS prototype I built in 2008, however I think this seating position and the lean steer handlebars would make it more enjoyable because of the higher viewpoint, the seating position and the leaning system. The Joust should cost less than 3 500$ to buy. One way to reduce cost could be to offer optional battery packs and accessories (lights, cargo bins, etc.) and sell it directly from the factory. It could also be assembled by the customer.

What it’s used for

Cities could rent them at specific points like the Bixi bicyles. One important point would be to make sure it’s legal to ride it before any work is done. The Segway and the Bombardier NEV were great vehicles, but sales never picked up in part because legislation concerning their usage was not in place when those vehicles were offered for sale.

The designer

I would like to thank Boris Schwarzer, who created the image for the JOUST. Boris is based in Michigan, U.S.A., He went to the College of Creative Studies. And he also created the images for the the LSV.