Sharing a car with you partner means that at some point both of you will need the car, but only one will get it. Of course, you could compromise and drop the other off closer to their destination, but this only solves half of the problem. The Lane Splitter is a new concept car that aims to take care of this issue without forcing you to buy a second car. Instead, this unique concept car splits in two motorcycles.
The innovative idea behind the Lane Splitter came from Fast Company’s Mark Wilson. Design firm Argodesign was the company who managed to execute this project in order to allow Wilson to present his concept car at the New York Auto Show. While explaining his reasoning for creating this concept car, Mark Wilson stated he wished to create something that offered the experience of a car, but could also act as sporty urban transportation vehicle.
The two motorcycles that form the Lane Splitter are fastened together at the bottom of the car with the help of special attachments. When acting as a car, the front wheels of the Lane Splitter are kept close to the body of the vehicle. However, after they are detached, the wheels extend in order to give the motorbike more stability.
Unfortunately for those looking forward to getting their hands on such an innovative car, several impediments keep it away from reaching production stage. “Overall, cost as designed would seem prohibitive at this time,” Argodesign explained in an interview. “There would need to be more iteration on concept design along with a substantial engineering effort to realize the technology and promise of a vehicle which separates into two.”
Although it might never hit the market, the Lane Splitter is definitely an unique idea that could create a path for other similar designs in the future. Would you like to have a car that can split in two other vehicles?
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