So I've always been interested in transportation design, but not necessarily the 4-wheeled cars we've become accustomed to this past century. I'm curious about completely different approaches, particularly using the self-balancing gyroscope technology of the Segway in a larger vehicle.
I'm talking goofy vehicles like:
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mags/Mod ... ro_car.jpg
http://mattymotorcycle.tv/wp-content/up ... cycle1.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6jg5lC7k_xQ/T ... rk+car.jpg
http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/ ... _17621.jpg
http://images.forbes.com/images/2003/11 ... 20x310.jpg
I was hoping some of you experts out there could answer some of my questions and perhaps share some cool concepts you've seen. Have the attempts at making these kinds of vehicles been complete and utter failures, and that's why were not seeing them? Are the big car companies (Ford, GM) exploring concepts like this? Am I delusional or is it logical to think that these kinds of vehicles could be light years better with gas mileage, efficiency, cost, etc?