Ford Patents Batman-Like Electric Unicycle

2 years ago by Mark Kane 28

Ford - Self-propelled unicycle engagable with vehicle (patent)

Ford – Self-propelled unicycle engagable with vehicle (patent)

Ford - Self-propelled unicycle engagable with vehicle (patent)

Ford – Self-propelled unicycle engagable with vehicle (patent)

Will the next Ford Focus Electric get an electric unicycle option? No…but check this out.

In December, Ford Global Technologies published this patent – “Self-propelled unicycle engagable with vehicle” (Patent Number: US 9,211,932).

The idea is to have a wheel with own electric motor and battery, that could be disengaged from the car for last couple miles of a journey. We could name it a bike-extender.

A cool side effect of the system is its anti-thief capability, because it will be not easy to escape with a car on three wheels.

Patent was found and described in video by PatentYogi (see below):

Source: PatentYogi

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28 responses to "Ford Patents Batman-Like Electric Unicycle"

  1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Ummm… why?

    1. evcarnut says:

      How Stupid is that! What A waste of time, talent & resources! Instead of improving on their EV’s , they’re doing this???

    2. Dan says:

      Thule makes bike racks that already solves this problem without all the messy over-engineering. I can’t wait for the EV industry to move on from stupid falcon doors and detachable wheels. Just give us a well built, elegant, safe, reliable car…that happens to run on electricity. Pass on the gee-gaws.

  2. Alpha777 says:

    That’s so sad.

  3. Djoni says:

    And while we’re at it, just do it for all four wheel so all the four seated occupant could do the same.
    Oh wait, isn’t that unicycle?

  4. Alpha777 says:

    Hey Ford:
    Carbon Fiber the CMAX Energi.
    Use MODERN Batteries in the CMax Energi.

    You know, something related to CARS, your Business.

  5. SparkEV says:

    Companies are just becoming patent trolls. At this rate, no one will make anything in fear that they’re “infringing” on some unknown patent. I’m amazed that we’re as far along as we are now. We’re all doomed! 🙁

  6. Ken_3 says:

    Well, since there is no spare tire, this could be a way to finish your journey when you get a flat on another wheel;)

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Yes, but by the time you dismount the wheel and bolt the unicycle attachment onto it, you probably could have walked the two mile range of this thing… without getting all dirty and sweaty. Not to mention which, who in their right mind would waste all that cargo space by carrying in their car a unicycle attachment that would almost never be used?

      This is the most perfect example I’ve ever seen of “A solution in search of a problem”.

      1. FFEINKY says:

        You must have not watched the video. The car does all the work for you. You simply ride it. While it may not be practical in our day to day commutes there are certainly places in the world where this could be useful. Everyone here always bashes what they don’t see useful for them. Ford sells cars in almost every country in the world. Take off the blinders folks.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          FFEINKY said:

          “You must have not watched the video.”

          Did you even bother to look at the patent illustration? You know, the picture at the very top, above that comical video. See that thing with handlebars and a motorcycle seat? See the line that goes from it into the back of the car? What do you suppose that means, hmmm? Why do you suppose there’s nothing like it in that silly video?

          Next time, try applying some critical thinking before posting.

          1. ffbj says:

            Why spoil a perfect record?

          2. FFEINKY says:

            Oh sorry Pushmi-Pullyu! I beg forgiveness from the all knowing one on this board. You always have comments for things you know absolutely nothing about and now attack me for simplying saying you didn’t watch the video. You can’t miss the diagram at the top but you obviously didn’t watch the video which is all I said. You are overly critical just for the sake of sounding like you know something. You remind me of those people that just say something because they like to hear themselves talk. You add nothing of value for most of your opinionated ramblings so please spare me more of incessant know-it-all banter.

            1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              FFEINKY said:

              “…you obviously didn’t watch the video…”

              Your record is still perfect.

              1. FFEINKY says:

                Nice to know I’ve got a perfect record at something ?.

            2. that’s lensman for you.

  7. kosee says:

    I’m seeing an application that doesn’t immediately focus on congested commute. Is when the public charger is far-ish away from your destination. So let’s say I drive my ‘200 mile ford’ (yeah yeah that won’t happen till 2030 I know..) to my parents. I drop off my wife and kids in front of their house. But oh oh.. my battery is empty. My parents don’t have a place to charge unless you hang a rediculous cable out of the window, so I turn around and drive to the nearest public charger. Put my car there to charge and go back by unicycle. Why can’t just use a foldable bike, public transport or walk is beyond me, but this could you know.. work as well!

  8. Anon says:

    Ford invents Segway-like scooter using Automobile Tire.

    *applause*

    Just carry a Rhyno in your cargo area if you want to scoot around:

    http://rynomotors.com/

    Then you can remove the excess weight from the vehicle when you’re not planning to us it, to get better range.

  9. ffbj says:

    I think it should come with a jousting lance.

  10. Bro1999 says:

    Soo…..how many people here can ride a unicycle?
    *crickets chirping*

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      From the patent illustration, it looks very much like a RYNO (see Anon’s link above… thanks Anon!). If so, it shouldn’t be any more difficult to ride than a two-wheeled motorcycle. Quoting from the RYNO website:

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      RYNO keeps you from falling by helping you
      balance forward and backward – you’re responsible for balancing it side-to-side. The RYNO is designed to resemble a conventional motorcycle in its controls…
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      I presume the RYNO is gyro-stabilized on one axis, like a Segway.

      1. Anon says:

        Looks like a Ryno? No, Ford’s people have seen it and it looks very much (other than using a car wheel with a hub motor to power it) like a stolen design, IMHO.

        That’s why I posted the Ryno link…

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Sorry, I guess I didn’t make myself clear. I meant, it looks quite similar to the design of the RYNO you linked to, so I am guessing it operates in a manner similar to what I quoted from RYNO’s website.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Correction: …I’m guessing it is intended to operate

            I doubt they have actually built an operational one.

  11. Roy LeMeur says:

    Conversation at Ford:
    “We better hurry up and patent this before someone else does.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  12. Steven says:

    Don’t you get it, this is from Ford. When your car breaks down, (and it will) how do you plan on getting home?

  13. Speculawyer says:

    I can’t believe their inside counsel approved the filing of that patent application.