• Aug 21st 2006 at 4:26PM
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Pedal-powered four-wheeled vehicles are nothing new. I used to ride around in a little go-cart thing when my family vacationed in Germany. But we rented the vehicles as a way to have fun, not for serious transportation. The HumanCar Company has updated the concept by giving the purely pedal-driven vehicles an electric motor and updated ergonomics. The company says that the "geometry prototype", has been "so successful that no changes have been required. Several downhill time trial runs have had the car above 60+mph with incredible handling and BodySteer® characteristics. The steel tube space frame chassis features a bi-lateral human power interface and front passenger body-steering capabilities." One neat feature is that the HumanCar is steered by "body angulation of the two front operators".

The HumanCar Company is taking two marketing tracks to promote the car. First, they say it's a street-legal low-speed vehicle suitable for transportation. Second, it's a way for corporate groups to build teamwork and has been put into practice at Intel and the U.S. Army.

EDIT: actually, this vehicle isn't pedal-powered. My bad.

[Source: HumanCar]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      don't forget www.twike.com !
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the update - here's a new link http://humancar.com/advancedsales.htm

      Here's a nice video-
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't feel too bad Sebastian, it was an easy mistake to make. The vehicle is human powered, but it is more like a rowing machine than a bicycle. Think of it as a teamwork exercise machine that can be really fun on the road!
      • 8 Years Ago
      You should add the "air car" to your green news. The guys should have seat belts ha! How fast can it stop in an emergency?