The Oragan is an eco-friendly height-wheel drive amphibious ATV that’s able to adapt its tire width and air pressure to minimize its impact on fauna and flora. It features a smart steering mode that varies the power to each wheel depending on the required torque. It also learns and adapts by collaborating with other Oragans.
One major challenge in the coming years in terms of exploration vehicles will be to minimize their impact on wildlife, topsoils, roots, plants, water, and private property, so this the main goal behind the concept. This multi-purpose vehicle would not only be capable of crossing bodies of water, fields, forests, and mountains, it would also minimize its impact on nature compared to existing models.
How It Works
The Oragan would be built on a very light frame made of 3D printed carbon nanotube super fabric. It would be powered with a new generation of powerpacks capable of burning hydrogen instead of gasoline. This means the Oragan would only emit water vapor.
The Oragan would be configured to carry four people, although the seat layout could easily be adapted to carry heavy cargo by flipping the rear seat inside the frame. This ATV would be amphibious, so you would be able to cross lakes, rivers, or marshes with it. The onboard computer system would be designed to optimize river crossings based on water current, topography and other data.
One interesting part is that the wheels and tires would be able to modify their width, which could help reduce surface pressure, modify energy consumption, and even reduce noise levels. The Oragan would thus be designed to cross various densities of mud and sensitive areas whilst reducing its impact to a minimum.
Since noise varies based on the tires’ contact with the ground as well as their stiffness, it would be interesting to modify various characteristics of the vehicle in real time to make it quieter when needed.
What It’s Used For
The Oragan could be used to explore vast expenses of land where you frequently encounter all types of terrain, including wetlands or deep rivers. It could be used by explorers, scientists, hunters, surveyors, landowners, etc.
The Oragan concept was imagined in May 2019 by Charles Bombardier, and the images were created by Jorge Ciprian.