Ford’s Future Could Involve Removable Wheels and Unicycles

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Ford has filed a rather peculiar patent. 

The patent was filed by Ford Global Technologies and depicts a unicycle that resembles a Ryno being stored in the trunk of a Ford vehicle.

Once removed, the owner would be able to take a rear wheel from their car and fit it onto the unicycle, allowing you keep using one of your wheels once the car is parked. A motor would be supported on the hub that is coupled to the wheel to rotate the wheel relative to the hub, according to the patent.

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The patent also describes how the unicycle’s motor could be used to propel the vehicle.

It’s unclear whether Ford has a relationship with Ryno or another unicycle manufacturer to put this patent to use, but it does conjure up how the Batpod and Batmobile work in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

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  • smartacus

    technically; a car with only three wheels is recognized a motorcycle. So just market the car with three wheels, add the self-leveling suspension from a Citröen, and zowie; you got a functional motorcycle :p