Someone at Ford has binged Nolan’s Batman trilogy and loved the Batpod. The automaker has secured a patent for “self-propelled unicycle engageable with vehicle.” Think if you owned a Ford Focus. Imagine being able to remove one of the tires and motor off on a unicycle.
Hmmm… I’m imagining this:
Instead, it is actually this:
Well, that’s disappointing. I wanted to go all Batman. Not have to act like I’m changing a flat. But, let’s play it out. How would the Ford unicycle work?
The unicycle would be integrated into your car. Press a button to release one of the tires, fix it to the upper attachment, jump on and feel the freedom of you could have already been at your destination in the time it took to assemble said unicycle.
What’s the point? Two potential issues it solves. One, it’s cleaner. The Ford unicycle would be propelled by an electric motor. It could also potentially solve the problem that plagues many commuters. The last-mile congestion of your daily commute.
Still, it’s hard to see people whipping into parking lots and assembling unicycles to finish the commute. Have you seen people in Atlanta drive? That’s with four wheels. I’m not sold on giving them only one.
Before you start imagining life with a unicycle taking up your trunk space, slow down. It’s a patent, not a product. Here’s a Ford spokesperson on the patent news:
“As a technology leader, we submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business. Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas, but aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”