Humanix is a group of students at Japan's Hiroshima University who want to build a car that is kind to humans. What they've done, at least with this car, the iSAVE-SC1, is build an EV that is kind to the Earth and mankind, though a nemesis to self-respect. The body of the three-wheeled electric vehicle is covered in strong, air-filled cushions that can absorb the impact of collisions. The unlikely combination of build materials and this being a university project, that fact that it looks like a casting leftover from Cars 2 isn't surprising.

We don't read Japanese and the trike can get up to 50 kilometers per hour, so we aren't sure if the cushions can keep everything damage-free at top speed. Were it manufactured, the suggested retail price is estimated to be about $9,300, but if you bought it, parking lot fender-benders would never be a concern of yours again. Neither would a date. You can watch it fulfill it's mission of being kind to humans in the video below.



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      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't that just a golf cart with pillows and mattresses attached?
      uption
      • 2 Years Ago
      i bet there are quite a few girl will think it's cute. On a coolness level, it's no worse than a decade old Camry or Accord.
      S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we just start requiring pedestrians to wear bubble suits when they go in public. So if drivers accidentally hit one, they get bunted like a field goal kicker and maybe lose their lunch, but can roll along on their way?
      floppypawltd
      • 2 Years Ago
      The technology IS NOT Japanese! It is an new application of a material called Air Mat developed by Goodyear back in the late 50's early 60's. The material is so rigid that Goodyear actually built an inflatable plane out of it. http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/27623-strange-planes-video.htm http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19740156000 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N0zUkcAXl8
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @floppypawltd
        This is awesome! Any idea why we're not using this? There are probably thousands of applications where this could work - from vehicles to furniture and everything in between.
      p.sea
      • 2 Years Ago
      It certainly looks...cushiony.
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure, a rolling pillow is safe, but it looks terrible.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like that kid's fantasy car in the children's book "If I Built a Car" by Chris Van Dusen (which is my favorite kids' book.) http://www.amazon.com/Built-Car-Chris-Van-Dusen/dp/0142408255/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356499845&sr=1-1&keywords=if+i+built+a+car
      facebookgiant
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad it will likely be confined to golf-course use in the U.S. It looks a lot safer than a motorcycle
      Awais Soomro
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like that kid's fantasy car in the children's book "If I Built a Car" by Chris Van Dusen (which is my favorite kids' book.) http://www.appleparking.co.uk
      weeziebathome
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a 14 year old Saturn that looks brand new because it has plastic parts on the side of the car. It never dings nor fades. I love it! By the way, it gets over 32 mpg, so I really don't see the need to buy a newer car with payments and higher insurance rates.
      Smith Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      If a person's self esteem is dependent upon the car they drive they had no real self esteem to begin with.
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