The Cyclotron is an enclosed driverless motorcycle that can accommodate two passengers facing each other. It features large panoramic doors to protect its occupants from the elements during all seasons.
I believe we need to imagine, design, and develop a new breed of urban vehicle. They should be narrow to minimize their footprint, able to operate year round—even in snowy conditions—and run on electricity. The Cyclotron was designed with this in mind. It was inspired in part by the Tron Light Cycle and the C1 from Lit Motors.
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The Cyclotron would have two facing seats which would facilitate conversation between its occupants. An onboard gyroscopic system similar to the one found on the C1 would be precise and powerful enough to keep the vehicle stable at all times—even at stop lights. Both wheels would be powered, so the bike would have a dual drive (DD), which would provide more traction during the winter season. The tire tread would be changed depending on the season, and it could even be layered with studs for icy roads.
The Cyclotron is a driverless vehicle, so you would simply need to tell it where you want to go. It could even access your agenda if you let it. The onboard system would manage power consumption by deciding whether it needs to use dual drive or not.
Each Cyclotron would recharge with wireless power transfer and would be allowed to buy and sell electricity in real time to other nearby vehicles depending each vehicle’s stores and requirements.
The interior of the Cyclotron would feature two adjustable seats. Both butterfly doors would be able open and drop you off on either side of the street since the bike can travel in both directions. I’ll let your imagination fill in the rest of the cool features: heated and cooled seats and cup holders, climate-controlled cabin, surround sound or a noise cancelling system, smart windows, etc.
The Cyclotron could be offered as a personal vehicle or as a shared transit system like the Gotoo concept. Green Taxi operators like Montreal’s TEO could even buy them and operate them in fleets across North America. They would definitely help reduce road congestion and the energy required to commute compared to existing electric cars due to their smaller size.
The Cyclotron concept was developed in collaboration with Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014. He currently works as a freelance vehicle designer at the Indian Institute of Science. He also created the Drone Tower concept.