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Carriage HumanCar Swings Energy from Four Drivers

humancar photo August, 23rd 2006 | membrana

It is a present day muscle-car, but not in a figurative sense. If in the world of cars "brawny" is called "highly-charged" then the technical miracle of this device is a true athlete in the world of vehicle mobility.

It is not the streamline body that powers this car; it is the force of four people, who work immediately by way of muscles in the hands and legs. This force accelerates the car to automobile speeds.

A company from Seattle developed this uncommon transportation device. It is called the HumanCar, that is to say, "pour on the muscular thrust." We have seen other inventions that are similar, but the HumanCar adheres to an interesting principle: the means to which the machine is set in motion. At the basis of machine is a three dimensional frame from the steel tubes. Four people sit back-to-back to each other on the mobile seats and hold controls on long levers. Both seats and controls connect together with thrusts, and they synchronously rock back and forth, much like the manner of seats and oars in sport kayaks.

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Rowing on the wheels is not a new idea. However, the authors of this machine assume that over the course of time, this may become conventional.

Both seats and controls are inclined at the sides. Passengers of the HumanCar govern the turning of the front wheels by leaning. As a result, as the company asserts, passengers have intuitive control over the machine (like the driver of a motorcycle does, only in this case, there are four drivers). It is by utilizing the many muscles of the body that makes it possible to reach high speeds. Even on a small descent, the HumanCar can reach speed of 100 kilometers an hour. According to our own experience, we know that speeds of 30-40 on a bicycle (heading downhill) are frightful.
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To the left: the rear machine part. Crank gear converts the rocking motion of seats and controls into the rotation of shaft. Gearbox and auxiliary electromotor is also here. To the right: the average and forward section of the cart. The visible four seats on the levers and controls, which together with the seats are inclined forward and backward and to the sides.

The HumanCar was created years ago. But recently its authors improved the apparatus, after adding a small storage battery and electromotor (electrical assist). It is no so much to ensure the motion of the vehicle, but to reduce the load on each person for a longer distant trip.
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The wild creators of the HumanCar do a pass around the city, but why they did roll up directly to the gasoline pump? For them, it is necessary to drink from the small fountain!

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Charles Greenwood is the chief author of this machine and the key personnel of the company.
The vehicle is technically called the "Fm -4 v1.0 HumanCar geometry prototype version 2.0." Therefore, this is only a prototype design and can be changed. Thus far, its central use is to verify the fitness of the riders, and as the founder puts it, "to have loads of fun."

The authors do not want to limit the sphere of the HumanCar's application to entertainment and sport. They in earnest see their invention as a replacement to the usual automobile. They site: "The HumanCar stands for the radical reduction of the human footprint." This means the reduction of oil dependency, the reduction in environmental impact, the improved health of the nation and other green notions.

They are even ready to mass-produce their invention.

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With four people it is possible to drive easily on HumanCar. The stability of the four-wheeled apparatus is based on four passengers.

Use the HumanCar to take a trip with the friends through the city, to deliver family to and from work (something you cannot do on a bicycle)...all without spending a dime on gasoline. This is attractive, no? But what about rain? The HumanCar has no roof. In the future, the creators of machine intend to add a body covering to it. They even consider that such machines can comprise an essential portion of urban and suburban transport.
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Using the roller, the speed tests were measured.

Moreover, the HumanCar will not only take up a lane on the highway, but it will also travel on rails (the authors have named rail system the SyncGuideway). See figure below.
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A future HumanCar envisioned by its creators.

Hop onto the at your house; travel through the city and even to a nearby city. With the aid of the electromotor, which works together with the riders, it is possible to substantially increase the distance of motion in one servicing.
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This article has been translated from Russian using Google and AltaVista technologies. We don't speak russian; we have done the best translation that we can. Do you speak Russian? Read article in full.
 
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