Family Powered “Human Car”

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Looking for a truly unique alternative fuel? Try the power of your family’s legs and arms! The Human Car is an interesting concept in transportation that uses the idea of “team transportation.” It kind of looks like a tandem bicycle but works a lot differently. It has a cool design as well that makes it look and handle a lot more like a car. The Human Car website has lots of answers to your questions about this strange and eco-friendly vehicle. One of the FAQ is: “why make a vehicle of this kind?” Here’s the answer:

The FM-4 started life as a way of showing that many short trips simply don’t require 4,000 pound cars and everything that comes with that. Implementing the Synchronous Guideway (powered track) concept would allow human power to handle many tasks, and with auxiliary power nearly all commutes could be accomplished. In the synchronous mode, all vehicles travel at one designated speed, creating lane efficiencies far greater than the “creep and crash” method we have accepted as our transportation system. We invite all comers to fit your designs to a standardized SynchGuideway interface specification. This could turn out to be a lot of fun.

The Human Car is still undergoing a lot of testing, so don’t expect to be buying one anytime soon. The designers want to make sure that it is safe before they put it up for sale. I’m hoping that this thing will be ready by the time my son is around 4-5. It looks like a great way to take a family trip on some quiet city streets!

LH October 12, 2006 at 11:00 am

Looks to me like a great way to get instantly killed by an SUV, or even something as small as a Volkswagen Beetle.

At least you can jump on the sidewalk on a bike!

CSG June 9, 2007 at 12:44 pm

You have to jump a level in your mind and picture a dedicated guideway….there will be a time soon where lane space for alternative transportation will be created by its own demand.

Be positive!


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