Concept Centaur combines proprietary dynamic stabilization technology with advanced propulsion and suspension systems, and an intuitive user interface to create a unique four-wheel device that is easily controllable on two or four wheels. Its full suspension and aggressive rider positioning provide an exhilarating ride for one or two people while maintaining control over a variety of terrain. Its rugged performance, zero emissions, and quiet operation make it a good low-impact way to explore the world. Its power and versatility make it suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational and commercial applications.
It looks like an anorexic offroad four-wheeler, but has all the workings of a standard Segway HT and then some. Through Segway magic you can make the thing stand up on its rear wheels for as long as you like, and the fly-by-wire steering allows you to even steer the thing with the front end in the air. I guess the wheelie trick is intended to get the thing over and around obstacles, but I’m thinking the sheer cool factor of it will be the big draw.
This got me thinking; if the Segway dynamic stabilization can help control the forward/backward pitch of a vehicle like this, couldn’t it also be used to control the side to side pitch of a two-wheeled vehicle? Going a little further, combining the forward/backward and side to side dynamic stabilization would make for a great motorcycle; one that wouldn’t crash unless you were really trying. They’ve probably already thought of that.
Let’s face it; as great as the standard Segway HT is, seeing someone zip around on one… they just look a little goofy. The Centuar, however, looks like a badass ride from the future. Too bad its just a concept at this point. I think it’d sell like crazy.