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by David Zalstein

Hyundai E4U - 1

The Hyundai E4U individual mobility concept, unveiled at the Seoul motor show, is the Korean manufacturer’s first Segway-like vehicle.

With a 24-volt 500W electric motor powering “a base hemisphere unit” rather than wheels – plus two retractable rear ‘legs’ for stability and a pair of headlights – Hyundai says the E4U can reach speeds of up to 30km/h.

Hyundai E4U - 2

Hyundai says the E4U’s name comes from the four Es that are combined in the vehicle: evolution, electricity, eco-friendliness and, erm, ‘egg’.

Affordable, flexible transport is apparently the goal, though drivers are required to wear a helmet-style windscreen on their head.

 

Toyota previewed its own unique transportation device earlier this year at the 2013 Geneva motor show, with the Toyota i-Road – a two-seater unit that automatically leans like a motorbike when cornering.




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