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Future Cycles Human-Powered Vehicles

Ann Arbor's the future people have recently released "Future Cycles" at NAIAS 2015. In exploration of better ways for transportation, the project uses a hybrid alternative, human-powered vehicles, in two different machines. Their "zepplin" is powered by two riders along with a 750w electric rear motor and is capable of achieving a speed of 25 mph. "With its three wheels and sleek shell, it is reminiscent of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Car", the collective remarks. The cyclone, which is a larger of the two machines, combines boat building techniques and bicycle technology. The presentation at the auto show includes a monitor showing images of the vehicles and 2 films of them in use and hopes to further perpetuate similiar solutions for use in the real world.