Motorcycles are a thing of the past as San Francisco-based Lit Motors prepares to release a completely enclosed, two-wheeled two-seater vehicle that remains balanced by using gyroscopes. This has been done before to some degree, but not in a vehicle of this size.
Called the C1, it can stay upright even when at a complete stop. It's only 115 inches long and 40 wide, but it can fit two people.
The gyros spin, each putting out 266 pound-feet of torque, which keeps the C1 upright in any and all circumstances.
It allows for a small but safe machine that can navigate traffic like a motorcycle, simply without the dangers therein.
It's only a prototype, but Lit Motors hopes to begin production in 2014.
It will likely cost a shockingly low $24,000, so we could all be riding on gyroscopes soon!