Have you ever found yourself answering a question by quietly grumbling “because I’m Batman?” If not there could be only two reasons: one, is that you need to rethink your life priorities and two, you’re not actually Batman. But if you have at some point considered a career as the caped crusader, Ford has submitted a patent for something that could bring you one step closer. The patent is for a car with a built in motor-powered unicycle that can be disconnected and be used independently of the vehicle. Now all you need is an immense fortune, martial arts training, a suit, and a growl, but Ford is clearly taking care of the hard part.
Alright, let’s all first come to an understanding that Ford will never actually build this. Two in one vehicles are a possibility at some point in the future, but considering the safety and costs implications, many years will pass before we are able to run as fast as we can to a local dealership and pay whatever one of these would cost.
The idea here is that once the car is stopped, a built in jack raises and supports the vehicle while the unicycle separates and becomes an autonomous form of transportation. You car is then disabled and will not work without the unicycle being re-engaged. The bike comes with everything you expect, including a motor, battery, a seat and foot-rests.
Ford’s thinking here is that if you work in an area with dense traffic, you simply drive to the edge of the congestion, park your car and then jump on the unicycle, allowing for better and quicker maneuverability. To say that is a niche customer market is an understatement. Of course there are no limits on how you could use this, and multiple applications spring to mind. As fun as these could be, there is a safety utilization here as well. Next time you break down or run out of gas, you are not stranded or stuck walking miles to the closest gas station. And of course there is that remote possibility that one day, Gotham may need you!
Would you be interested in a convertible vehicle? How would you use it? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.Source: Ford Patent PDF Via: PatentYogi
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