hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.
Nabb1: hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.Yeah, that looks like a deathtrap, especially in a side-impact collision.
Arkanaut: It's a tricycle.
Sticky Hands: maybe it's just me... but where would the average apartment dwelling city slicker charge an electric vehicle?hell I have to leave my place to just vacuum my car.
czetie: Cerebral Knievel: czetie: Tom_Slick: czetie: /I can't even tell whether you know you're confirming my point, or whether you genuinely call that "painless".To me it was painless and I did it on a bike rather than a trike, it took 1 hour for the written test and 2 hours for the driving test including the inevitable wait times at the DMV, the written test was easy just having to learn hand signals rules of the road etc, and the driving test just made sure you could start, stop and turn left and right. I would think a modern trike would be even easier as you don't have to learn how to handle a bike.Ah, so the answer is "both". You do think this counts as painless, while not realizing that you are confirming that it's not going to fly when the alternative is to sign-and-drive for a small car.Here in Virginia at least, we have the motercycle driving and safety program put on by the DMV. So you take the class, which includes written instruction and road trials. They provide the bikes, or, you can bring your own.I think it takes three weeks to complete, but after that you have your M class stamped on your license.after that... you can legally operate any thing that is classified as a motorcycle.I don't think any traffic cop would mess with you too much however if were operating an inclosed Delta trike as long as the vehicle was registered and tagged properly.Virginia is also a Helmet state law...I guess if the cop wanted to be a REAL DICK, he could ticket you for operating a motorcycle with out a helmet inside of there as well.Again: if the choice is "three week class"... or "not three week class"... I can tell you right now that this thing is not remotely compelling enough for the average car driver to go out and get his M endorsement. It's an obstacle, and this thing doesn't need more obstacles.Persuade the DoT to define a class of vehicles that have different mechanical standards to regular cars (maybe defined by weight?) while allowing it to be driven o ...
theresnothinglft: A car that I own must be able to do a road trip of at least 400 miles.
jonny_q: St_Francis_P: That kind of marketing-speak would scare me, even if I wanted one.It's a motorcycle so that it doesn't have to conform to any regulations for "cars". And this is fine... we need to be able to have innovations like this without someone claiming it doesn't meet all the standards for "cars", because, well, motorcycles are still legal and this is definitely not worse than one of those.
schrepjm: Does anyone else remember the Volkswagen GX3 concept? That was a 3 wheeled motorcycle/car I would have bought if it came to market.Truth be told it was more of a "fun nice weather toy" vehicle and less of a "I guess some of us just care more about the environment" vehicle though.
Magorn: Nabb1: hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.Yeah, that looks like a deathtrap, especially in a side-impact collision.So do these, but it turns out the frame is an intergral roll cage, which makes them safer than conventional cars:[thetalkingmirror.com image 640x480]
doczoidberg: I agree. The price of this thing will determine whether it goes anywhere.20 thousand dollars?--Nope. People will just buy a normal car.5 thousand dollars?--Well, hell. I just might consider it.That's the trouble with these green technologies. Micro houses, smart cars...they all cost way too much. People would buy this stuff if the price reflected what they are getting upfront.
pastorkius: The type of revolutionary design that will turn the world upside down![i.imgur.com image 468x286] Couldn't link to an upside down Robin pic... all the sites hosting them were websensed.
Slaves2Darkness: Hell if I know you could buy dam near any sub-compact in the market for $16k and probably get better gas mileage, certainly more range.
RTOGUY: Forget the side impact concern I'd like to know how he thinks it is capable of driving in "all weather". Anybody that lives anywhere with four distinct seasons has to look at that and wonder how it is going to handle any amount of snow. It doesn't tip over? Gee that's great! Can it handle a 3' snowdrift? Because that is my reality for at least half of the year.
Spanky_McFarksalot: FTFA:"but that cost will go down significantly--to around $16,000--once the product gains sufficient market share to enable bulk manufacturing."Sooo, I have $16k to spend on a car....why would I pick that one?
kmmontandon: FTA: Today's youths are less interested in buying cars than they are in buying iPhones and other gadgets: Car ownership among people between ages 18 and 34 is down by 30 percent in the last five years.If only there were some other explanation for this, something other than marketing trends, like an economic cause ...This thing is definitely a solution in search of a problem. I'm sure it'll be just as successful as the Segway, and for all the same reasons.
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