Every day we use some form of transportation. Whether we walk to our car, drive to the train station, or take a cab to the airport people are designed to move. Most of the time we don’t give it much thought and the way we get from A to B becomes as commonplace as breathing. We wanted to have a little fun and highlight some of the more interesting methods of transport we’ve come across. Enjoy!
The Segway Human Transporter (Personal Transporter) is a self-balancing, electric-powered transportation device able to turn in place and designed for one person with a top speed of 20 km/h. The Segway contains five gyroscopes that allow it to balance at a standstill and you ride it by standing upright on the raised platform between two wheels. Leaning forward will propel you forward while leaning back will slow and stop you. There are sensors in the platform that detect subtle shifts in weight and respond to them accordingly and you steer by leaning in the direction you wish to go.
Bicycles are a wonderful, lightweight and easy to maneuver form of transportation. The drawback, however, is that they are ideal for moving a person – not their belongings. Enter the cargo bike. With more and more municipalities looking at creating bike lanes to encourage this mode of transportation and the continuing grid lock experienced in urban centers, people are picking up their bikes more frequently. With added functionality, the cargo bike enables riders to accomplish much more with two wheels.
Fuel efficient and fun to ride, the motorcycle has been a trusted form of transportation for over a century. While you may be most familiar with names such as Harley Davidson, Honda or Suzuki, take a look at what we found on the ‘unusual’ side of the motorcycle spectrum.
A hovercraft, is an air-cushion vehicle that is capable of travelling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces both at speed and when stationary. Originally designed in the 1950s and 1960s, hovercraft are now used throughout the world as specialised transports in disaster relief, coastguard, military and survey applications as well as for recreation or passenger service.
Although a rocket is a missile or spacecraft that obtains its thrust from a rocket engine, the word ‘rocket’ is often used as a verb to describe the speed with which something moves. This is taken from the way the rocket is pushed forward by propelling its exhaust backwards at extremely high speeds. Rockets are what have enabled us to propel humans into space.
What is the most unusual form of transportation you can think of? Share in the comments.