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Jul092008

Mono-Scoot (1965)


This concept painting of a "mono-scoot" personal transportation device was done by Richard H. Arbib in 1965. It is featured in the excellent book Driving Through Futures Past by the Petersen Automotive Museum.

See also:
No One Will Walk - All Will Have Wheels (1900)
Gyroscopic Rocket Car (1945)
Cars Detroit Forgot to Build (1950-1960)

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I have to say, there's a lot of charm in those scooter designs. I just wonder if it would actually work.

July 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatella Gate

That reminds me of a scooter I saw just a few days ago, like the ones pictured in this article:

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2007/07/new_scooters_for_hoboken_cops.html

July 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Hmmm. Looks like a Segway.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

To combine comments 1 and 3 -- too bad the Segway wasn't designed to be like this, I think it would have been more successful. I think a lot of people are turned off by the Segway's pgo-stick like appearance (however stable it may be in practice), and I recall when it came out seeing a number of comments about how it wasn't exactly feasible for inclement weather.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

What, no cup holders?

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

I believe that a fully-enclosed cabin would make this a viable alternative for personal transportation these days. I'd essentially have no problem at all using one of these to take me to work every day. I'd just pray that I didn't get in a wreck with a Hummer or something!!

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertruck rack

In case that link I posted didn't work, here's a shortened URL:

http://tinyurl.com/6jgao7

These look very similar, though you could do just as well with a bicycle. The company that makes them is called T3 motion but it looks like they only sell their scooters to police departments and security companies and stuff like that.

http://www.t3motion.com/

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

It looks as if the thing doesn't have a fully-enclosed cabin--just a full-height shield in the front. It's open in the back.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

This design is so cool it makes me want to shout "Outta my way bitches - I'm Moto-Scooting!"...hits curb and does a faceplant.

I hope that's a shatter-proof Lexan shield in the front.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree partially with Matt: It looks like a marginally less uncool Segway.

July 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbuzz

Matt's right -- it's a Segway with a windshield. But cooler looking. I want one!

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzoe

These absolutely look like what the grocery stores here in Texas use for their security personnel.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarley

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