EDWARD: The Environmentally-Friendly Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping

A group of mechanical engineering students from the University of Adelaide, Australia, have designed a very cool eco-friendly vehicle. They dubbed their creation EDWARD, which is actually the acronym for “Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping.” The vehicle has been built on a frame made of two wheels, hence the “Diwheel” part, and the rider sits harnessed on a seat placed between the two wheels. EDWARD is controlled via a joystick and moves in wheelie circles with a top speed of 25 miles per hour or 40 km per hour.

Because of EDWARD’s design, riders will be subjected to the “gerbiling effect” which means they will rock back and forth when breaking or accelerating. The students have also added a slosh control feature and dynamic lateral stability to diminish the gerbiling effect for the faint-hearted.  They call this boring. Daredevils can switch the slosh control off and rotate upside down because the frame can revolve completely inside the wheels.

EDWARD may not become a very popular vehicle among commuters, but young people will definitely fall in love with it due to its very cool design.  Check out the video of EDWARD in action.


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