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Insect-Inspired Pod Racers

The One-Man Scarab

— November 20, 2008 — Autos
Here’s a concept vehicle from the mind of David Miguel Moreira Gonçalves. It has four wheels and a capsule to house a single passenger who will lean and twist to steer, all the while being provided with the safety of the enclosure. It’s called the Scarab, and did I mention the coolness factor is off the chart?

Gonçalves hopes that the concept will have a biofuel internal combustion engine or use strictly battery power. Whatever the power, it has to go fast to match the look.
Trend Themes
1. Insect-inspired Pod Racers - Disruptive innovation opportunity for the automotive industry and public transportation sector to explore the use of biofuel and battery-powered vehicles.
2. Single-passenger Capsule Vehicles - Opportunity for vehicle manufacturers to create personalized and enclosed transportation solutions.
3. Lean-to-steer Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity for the sports and recreation industry to explore new and exciting ways to steer vehicles or sporting equipment.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive Industry - Manufacturers can explore the use of biofuel and battery-powered vehicles for innovative new product offerings.
2. Public Transportation Sector - Single-passenger capsule vehicles could be explored as a new form of transportation for populated urban areas.
3. Sports and Recreation Industry - Lean-to-steer technology could be applied to sporting equipment, making for more intuitive and exciting experiences for athletes.
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