Motorcycle sidecar: ‘We’ve just scratched the surface’
The first car designed by an Australian startup that hopes to reduce the time people spend on their phones and tablets is in testing in Sydney, the company behind the prototype has announced.
Motorcycle sidecars are designed to be as low-tech as possible and the company hopes the bike will eventually be used by commuters.
“It’s not the first time we’ve been to a prototype,” said founder and CEO Tim Tregear.
Motorcycle Sidecars are not as high-tech or as luxurious as a traditional mobile phone or tablet.
Instead, they are designed as a low-profile way to make phone calls and surf the web without having to carry a smartphone.
Tregear’s prototype bike is about the size of a small SUV, but it can handle a small car, and he hopes it can soon be used as a passenger bike.
He says he hopes the bikes will be able to be ridden by people on their way to work or on their holidays, and that they can be used in remote areas.
It’s important to realise that motorcycles are a very different form of transportation compared to phones, which require a lot of space and can be extremely expensive to buy, Tregears told New Scientist.
The idea for a motorcycle side-car came from Tregent when he was working on his PhD at the University of Queensland.
“I was just walking through a city with my team and one of the guys was talking about motorcycles and it was like ‘what the hell is that?'” he said.
When Tregens team was working in a remote area, it became clear the bikes were the best option for getting around and he knew they needed to build a prototype, he said, so he got a partner to do the design.
“The team had already started talking about designing a motorcycle that would look and feel like a motorcycle, so we just started to think about what would the best design be.”
Tregents prototype bike, a three-wheeled device with a range of functions.
What they designed was a motorcycle with three wheels on either side.
But Tregents design team was surprised by the amount of space the bike had.
One of the wheels on the bike, the rear, can hold the phone and the bike’s battery pack.
There are also two front wheels on each side that can be mounted on the back of the bike.
Tregent has developed a way to mount the phone or laptop to the front wheel.
Its a little bit of a gimmick but it’s actually quite useful, he told New Sense.
“We’re not actually doing anything else, we’re just trying to solve a problem that’s there.”
The prototype motorcycle was built using materials sourced from Australia, and the team used a lot less of the materials that are used in the world’s biggest smartphone companies.
So the cost of the prototype bike was only $1,000 to build, he added.
“For this kind of project we had to take a lot more risk than we usually would,” Tregs said.
“But it paid off, we ended up with something really cool.”
In the future, TRegear said he would like to make motorcycle sidecars that can carry people from one place to another.
If he’s successful, he hopes that people will be using motorcycles for other purposes besides commuting, including cycling to the beach, or walking their dog.
In another test, Tresear said the team was able to take the bike from the test site to the city’s CBD in just 12 minutes.
I was really impressed by how quickly it could get there,” he said with a laugh.
After the prototype bikes were built, Treaty Technologies also built its own prototype motorcycle.
They used more of the same materials and components as Tregen’s, but instead of the two wheels on both sides, they used a single one on each.”
It was really nice to see how we could have that same effect on the prototype,” he added with a smile.
With so much innovation in the area of technology, it’s important that people understand that there are more possibilities out there, Tredear said.
If you want to learn more about how the bike was built, check out the video below.