Remember thoseHoverboard? No, not that one Back to the Future capable of floating without contact with the ground, but the two-wheeled model that was very popular as a Christmas present until a few years ago two wheels at the end of a platformable to move forward by shifting the rider’s weight forward or backward.
Its inventor, Shane ChenHe revised the concept and founded his company inventorhe presented an electric car which takes its name from its creator: Shane.
The car designed by Chen, which is just a concept at the moment, comes from an idea that was born about two years ago for the creation of another toy, but which the inventor brought to fruition be able to apply the same principle to a full-fledged two-wheel vehicle.
So Shane appears as a particularly aerodynamic pod two big wheels connected laterally. As the vehicle moves forward, a type of horizontal inertial damping occurs It works exactly like the hoverboard, moving forward while maintaining balance at the top of the wheels. Chen explains the difference to his famous city vehicle: “With cars it’s the other way around. The car has two large wheels. The center of the wheel is above the vehicle’s center of gravity, so that the car is stable even when sitting or at a constant speed“.
You can see this in the video replay you see above horizontal movement of the mechanism, also reproduced when braking. Shane can therefore move in all directions without having to be guided completely vertical, for the tightest parking spaces. However, the inventor is unable to provide data or specifications because, in his opinion, these depend on the decisions of engineers and designers. That is, as long as someone actually wants to produce Shane.