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Mono-Scoot (1965)

This concept painting of a "mono-scoot" personal transportation device was done by Richard H. Arbib in 1965. It is featured in the excellent book Driving Through Futures Past by the Petersen Automotive Museum.

See also:
No One Will Walk - All Will Have Wheels (1900)
Gyroscopic Rocket Car (1945)
Cars Detroit Forgot to Build (1950-1960)

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I have to say, there's a lot of charm in those scooter designs. I just wonder if it would actually work.

July 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatella Gate

That reminds me of a scooter I saw just a few days ago, like the ones pictured in this article:

July 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Hmmm. Looks like a Segway.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

To combine comments 1 and 3 -- too bad the Segway wasn't designed to be like this, I think it would have been more successful. I think a lot of people are turned off by the Segway's pgo-stick like appearance (however stable it may be in practice), and I recall when it came out seeing a number of comments about how it wasn't exactly feasible for inclement weather.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

What, no cup holders?

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

I believe that a fully-enclosed cabin would make this a viable alternative for personal transportation these days. I'd essentially have no problem at all using one of these to take me to work every day. I'd just pray that I didn't get in a wreck with a Hummer or something!!

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertruck rack

In case that link I posted didn't work, here's a shortened URL:

These look very similar, though you could do just as well with a bicycle. The company that makes them is called T3 motion but it looks like they only sell their scooters to police departments and security companies and stuff like that.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

It looks as if the thing doesn't have a fully-enclosed cabin--just a full-height shield in the front. It's open in the back.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

This design is so cool it makes me want to shout "Outta my way bitches - I'm Moto-Scooting!"...hits curb and does a faceplant.

I hope that's a shatter-proof Lexan shield in the front.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree partially with Matt: It looks like a marginally less uncool Segway.

July 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbuzz

Matt's right -- it's a Segway with a windshield. But cooler looking. I want one!

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzoe

These absolutely look like what the grocery stores here in Texas use for their security personnel.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarley

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