Chinese start-up Beijing Lingyun Intelligent Technology Co. from Beijing is testing a two-wheeled car with a self-balancing system, reports Bloomberg. The machine called Lingyun 1703 moves on electric traction, and also lacks steering and pedals – it’s a self-contained vehicle.
The single capsule resembles something between the car and the bike: it has a completely closed body with two side doors and two wheels. The length of the car is three meters, width – a meter. A gyro is installed under the seat, allowing the car to maintain balance, and under the doors there are retractable wheels that support it during parking.
The device can accelerate up to 100 kilometers per hour and travel about a hundred kilometers on one battery charge. In the prototype cabin there are no traditional controls: only a large monitor is installed in front of a single rider. Beijing Lingyun also built a second prototype with a steering wheel and pedals.
According to the founder of the company Zhu Lin-Yun, he took up the creation of the car under the impression of the conceptual gyrocar Ford Gyron in 1961. At first he managed to attract investments in the amount of 470 thousand dollars, a year later he was supported by larger companies, having invested 10 million in the company. Now Lin-Yun expects to raise another 30 million to prepare for serial production. If this succeeds, Lin-Yun hopes to expand the production of cars in 2020. According to his calculations, with runs of five to ten thousand a year, his electric car could cost about one hundred thousand yuan.
A similar project a couple of years ago, the company Lit Motors from San Francisco. She even built several prototypes of a two-wheeled electric vehicle, and in 2016 the New York Times reported on the possible takeover of the firm by Apple. But since then nothing was heard about the company Lit Motors.
Conceptually similar to the tricycle Toyota i-Road, which is already produced in small series. But it is executed in a different way: it does not have a gyroscope, but there are three wheels (rear – rotary) and a smart front suspension that allows to tilt the car in a corner