WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 15 Unusual VEHICLES That Gave Us High Hopes!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 15 Unusual VEHICLES That Gave Us High Hopes!


– [Reacher] Every now and then, we think back on the things
we’ve talked about before. This is Reacher, and in keeping with that, we decided to hit the archives and see how a few of our
favorites were doing these days. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number 15. – [Reacher] This first
entry isn’t the only personal submarine on our list, but it’s definitely the one that you could have the most fun in. The company offers three models inspired by sharks, dolphins, and orcas. Each has the capacity to
carry one to two people, offering a panoramic
view through the canopy, as well as a live video feed from a snorkel-mounted camera. Power comes from a 230
horsepower four-stroke engine, which allows the sub to jump over waves, dive and glide under water,
perform barrel rolls, and breech the surface,
just like the animals they’re styled after. Positive buoyancy means that it will always flow to the
surface and ride itself, no matter how it lands. I’d love to buy one of these, but as I’ve said before, it’s cheaper to make friends with people who can afford such things. So if you’re rich, hit
me up on social media, because the starting price on these things runs in the upper five figures. – [Woman] Number 14. – [Reacher] This three wheeled hybrid evolved from a design submitted at the 1986 World Expo in Vancouver, Canada by a group of Swiss students. Normally hybrid models
have a standard engine coupled with an electric motor. But in this case, the standard engine is replaced by a system of pedals, not unlike a bicycle. Pedaling while driving enables the user to add up to 20% of the needed power directly to the drive train. The side by side seating arrangement allows the TWIKE to be
driven from either side using the center mounted
steering controls. It has an average top speed
around 50 miles per hour with battery options allowing
for a range up to 350 miles. The company is currently offering the fifth model in their line of vehicles featuring a longer driving range and different steering controls. Considering the 20 plus
years under their belt, it won’t be their last. – [Woman] Number 13. – [Reacher] This one is
called the Wheelsurf, and it’s unlike any wheeled
vehicle you’ve ever seen. The first thing you notice
is the seating arrangement. The ride inside design has
a spot for a single rider to sit on the inner framework, which also contains the engine,
drive train, and gas tank, while the outer frame is a rotating wheel with a solid rubber tire. The rider steers the
vehicle using the controls while also shifting their weight as a counter-balance. It has a top speed of
around 25 miles per hour, which probably seems a
lot faster when riding due to the unique and open design. The company’s website is
still up and operating. But the last product listed is for 2014, with a current price around $9,700. – [Woman] Number 12. – [Reacher] This entry
from Dutch-based Drimer, offers the comforts of a car with the sportiness of a bicycle. The three-wheeled pedal egg has an open-sided hard-shelled canopy which surrounds the single seat. Column mounted steering allows the rider to control the tilt of the front wheels, while the integrated LCD screen monitors the battery levels and speed, which can reach a maximum
of 16 miles per hour, while a single charge can provide
a range of up to 45 miles. The company is still going strong, offering this one at a
current starting price around $10,400. – [Woman] Number 11. – [Reacher] Japanese manufacturers tend to lead towards smaller
and single-person vehicles. So it’s no surprise that Suzuki created its own personal mobility
unit called the Pixy. Designed for both
exterior and interior use, this upright scooter is more
at home in a pedestrian setting due to its low speed. Travel that demands a longer distance allows it to be used in conjunction with the Suzuki Sharing Coach, which is a transport that
can hold multiple Pixies. A large glass hatch raises to allow front access to an interior
which keeps the rider in an upright seating position. The unit can be driven with
the hatch open or closed, with controls at each
side on the armrests. Like most of the vehicles of this nature, this one never made it
past the concept stages. If you like what you see, be sure and hit that subscribe button, and click that bell
icon to stay up to date on all of our latest videos. – [Woman] Number 10. – [Reacher] This crossover is a mix of a tank, skateboard,
snowboard, and surf board. It’s compact, powerful, and
it can handle any weather, and almost any terrain. The DTV Shredder has a pivoting deck that the rider stands on while
holding onto the handlebars. It has a 14 horsepower four stroke engine, and dual transmission system which power the rear-driven treads, enabling the driver to
conquer slopes up to 40%, and water up to a foot deep, while still reaching speeds
up to 25 miles per hour. It was recently approved
for sale in the U.S., with a current starting price of $4,500. – [Woman] Number nine. – [Reacher] I want to find
the guy that built this and buy him a beer. This one from MXB is the fastest and most powerful of the three
models they currently offer. And it’s all electric. So yeah, more beer for this guy. It has a 48 volt battery pack, providing a range of about 18 miles, while the motor can produce a top speed around 28 miles per hour. A five inch suspension allows riding on dirt, pavement, or grass, as
well as hills up to 50 degrees. The company’s website
only lists a 2012 model, but still allows you to go
through the ordering process. Pricing, if you can still
get one, is listed at $2,700. – [Woman] Number eight. – [Reacher] Remember the
big wheels we rode as kids, and you could turn the
wheel to slide sideways? Well, this is the adult version of that. Only you can do full 360s. The low racing trike has
a reclined riding position with a front pedaling system. A steering handle is attached
to one of the rear wheels, allowing the rider to drift, take tight turns on two wheels, and even spin 360s while
carving embankments, The company currently only
ships to the U.S. and Canada, with a starting price of $360, assuming you can get one
when they’re not sold out. – [Woman] Number seven. – [Reacher] It’s easy
to see where the name Chariot Skates comes from when you see the oversized
outer wheels on these things. The basic design has the user’s lower leg harnessed inside a hinge support that suspends the foot
below the main wheel’s axle, lowering the center of gravity, while a smaller wheel is attached to the rear of the harness
for added stability. This design causes the user to mimic the movements of skiing,
allowing the skater to cross rough terrain while still maintaining a smooth skating experience. The company is currently
offering a pair of these with extras for $4,250. – [Woman] Number six. – [Reacher] Anyone familiar
with the name Rinspeed, will know that they’re big on ideas that deviate far from the norm. This one, called The
Oasis, is no exception, as the compact speedster
has an integrated garden behind the windshield. The self-driving vehicle
is the 23rd offered by the Swiss company. And like most before it,
offers a futuristic design full of next-gen technology. Features include a dashboard
composed of LCD screens with an included sound bar. Speakers integrated into
the top of the seats, and a steering wheel that doubles as a keyboard and drink tray. Unfortunately, like most
of the company’s vehicles, this one is still only a concept. – [Woman] Number five. – [Reacher] Toyota first introduced this part of its personal
mobility vehicle series in 2005. The i-unit is a single person transport that morphs between a
low-profile sportster, and a look not unlike an exoskeleton. Variable positioning
creates a reclined vehicle capable of high-speed maneuvering, while also enabling the passenger to safely move among pedestrians
when in upright mode. As cool as it looks, this one never made it
past the proto-type stage, with only 12 of them being produced for promotional purposes. – [Woman] Number four. – [Reacher] It’s been a while since we talked about an e-bike. This one called the nCycle has
a hollow flow and framework with a built in storage
area in the main body, while the handlebars double
as a locking mechanism. The power is provided by a 36 volt battery supplemented by the pedaling of the rider to achieve a top speed of
almost 16 miles per hour with a maximum range of 56 miles. The last update on the company’s website mentions a release date of 2015, so it’s safe to say that this one never made it past the prototype stage. – [Woman] Number three. – [Reacher] At this
point, I think most of us have heard the name Segway,
and have seen how they work. In 2005, the company
introduced its version of an ATV called the Centaur. This lightweight four-wheeler combines an intuitive user interface, with advanced propulsion
and suspension systems, as well as employing the company’s proprietary stabilization technology. This allows the rider to attempt normally dangerous maneuvers
in a safe and controlled way, even allowing the steering
mechanisms to work properly while the vehicle is on two wheels. Sadly, this one never got
beyond the prototype stage. – [Woman] Number two. – [Reacher] Okay, if you
think owning a mini-sub would be one of the coolest
things in the world, then raise your hand. U-Boat Worx makes these underwater vessels for everyone from the
recreational to the professional. Their line of cruise
subs are marketed more towards the tourist or personal owner, with seating for up to 11 people, and a diving depth with
just under 5600 feet. The subs in this series provide an almost uninterrupted view of the surroundings, via the double ended view-ports. They also offer customized layouts depending on the needs of the owner. The company is still going
strong as of this video. Considering their track record, they’ll be around for years to come. Before we reveal our number one pick, we want to remind you to
let us know after the video, which of these you think
should or should not have made it to the market. – [Woman] Number one. – [Reacher] If a unicycle had
a big brother on steroids, this would be it. This micro-cycle is called the Rhino, and though it could be mistaken for a motorcycle that was cut in half, it’s far from being that simple. Twin electric motors
provide all the power needed for a top speed of 10 miles per hour, and a standard range of 15
miles on a single charge. It has controls like a normal cycle, which work in tandem with
the movement of the rider to accelerate and slow down as needed. The company is still in business, and currently seeking
funding for mass production, with an estimated price just under $3,000. – Hey guys, this is Cassie. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Tell us in the comments below what you found to be the
most interesting, and why. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, make sure to hit the bell notification next to the subscribe button to stay up to date with
all of our latest videos. Thank you for watching, I’ll see you guys next time. (peaceful music)

Eugene Islam

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  2. All I thought was really cool and I wish I could have one but just how would we get to use them here in America? Most is to slow for the road and to big for the sidewalks and other you would need to be extremely rich to use even in the ocean if the authorities would let you that is. We have way to much laws for even the smallest of things here.

  3. Prob with these vehicles for the long term is pricing and imo the pricing that won't be a problem for the wealthy just won't be exciting enough in their world. Most of these might have interest for the average Joe, but high price won't help them sell as they're are cheaper alternatives. The shark may interest the wealthy as a toy but against what they can afford, who knows. I think it's awesome but at $80 to $100,000 it's beyond most in the real world. Shame,

  4. They showed no13 on South Park but it had a couple of alterations to it, it was never going to be for the main stream

  5. If you took the time to make and edit this video, Why would you not take the 10 seconds to call the phone number on the websites and say if they are in business and how many they have sold?

  6. Small cars get no respect on the road.We need EV electric motor roads just for smaller EV vehicle commuters. Every major city should be networked with the next closest city by EV vehicle trails with recharge capability and signs just like a highway. We need an entirely off grid commuter system powered by solar and natural gas for power generation. On an independent network of roads specific to EVs and not gas motor vehicles. This would be safe, for commuters that drive small zero footprint vehicles that dont want to drive on unsafe highways with giant heavy trucks. EV vehicle trails wouldnt even need to be paved just fine gravel. See? Low cost. All the lighting for the EV highway could be battery/solar. This could be the future and might make any city a lot of revenue. We need a starter city to opt in and help develop the network within the State.

  7. What is the common thread with all of these things? Yep, you guessed it, you will look really, really stupid using them.

  8. I find it rather pointless to put ANYTHING up here that is either a prototype or "company no longer in business". It's kind of like holding a new type of candy to a kid and saying "Hey – look at this but you can't have it!!

  9. I am surprised Future Motion's Onewheel didn't make your list. You included some innovative and revolutionary designs but omitted, what I believe is the best personal mobility device on the market.
    Future Motion's new model, the "Pint" costs less than a quarter of the chariot wheels and you will look cooler. Buy them a beer.

  10. You didn't put a lot of time abd effort into this video by making any serious attempt to contact the makers of the products. Lame and lazy

  11. It'd be nice if all of these were available with gasoline motors. Some of us wanna hear, feel, and smell the motor when it's runnin. Also, many of us are not pretentious enough to even look at electric powered anything, let alone waste money on one, I sure as hell know I'm not….

  12. Ryno Motors has said, for each of the last six years, that their Ryno Wheel (#2) will be brought to market in the first quarter of next year. One would think that funding was to be had, it'd be had by now.

    I've been watching for it for as many years as the company was saying it would be available because of my limited ability to walk extended distances ever since the U.S. government bureaucrats took over the job of deciding how much pain medication is adequate for chronic pain patients. Turns out us veterans, that gave the most, require the least.

  13. These are really expands text but why are they so dear what are the prices are so high that's what I meant to say anyway I love you so

  14. That "TWIKE" has a lot of potential and the "Segway", number 3 would have made a very good police vehicle for the cop that walks a beat.

  15. Where are they now well my guess would be anything out of this world kool is out of this world meaning the elite has all the best and things never seen in there new world off planet and by that I mean outside what we call earth in the new lands Admirl Byrd found many many years ago when he flew over 2000 miles past or over Antartica. The elite have built there new world there just like Tomorrow Land I think it was the movie that is. I'll bet it is everything great and much more. 🤔🤔🤔

  16. excellent video, loved the personnel submarines especially the dolphin. also loved the one wheeled motorbike, how come the range is so low?

  17. The E bike N cycle is eco friendly too. If you throw it away it comes back resulting in zero waste

    Cause the boomerang… shape… nevermind.

  18. I was watching a video the other day on retro rides! If I remember correctly it was titled that or something similar and it showed eides frm as far bwck as the 20s I believe, but here is the kind of crazy part or the inventor's family simply started manufacturing larger ones since so many people were interested in cycle type rides, but anyway, there was an exact version of #13 the single wheel vehicle where one sits inside the wheel, only it was a smaller version for kids and showed a little boy riding one and his Dad proud wnd watching to see how he did with it and keeping an eye on his safety of course, but it looked like either the father bought it and brought it home but more so like he had made it himself…or that was the impression I got! But it was identical including the color or some variation of the color…with black seat and all it was just smaller the whole thing just over waste high

  19. Pedal x looks interesting but way too expensive. And recreation subs don't go anywhere near 5600 feet down which is below crush depth of of a u.s. Navy nuclear submarine.
    A wheel chair that can elevate rider to near vertical position and raise head to typical height would be a great advance for the disabled

  20. Thanks! Some of these look really cool, & it's a shame they're not all still around. Now, about that Uboat Worx… you did say it could descend to just under 5600 feet?!? A recreational sub can dive a mile down?!? Wow! Now, THAT'S COOL!!! I love the Rhino unicycle, but you said its top speed was only 10mph? That's way too slow to be anywhere near traffic! I don't know if you or many of your watchers know this, but the Rhino was developed by a man whose young daughter asked him why it couldn't be done… so he did it! Just thought that was kinda interesting. Thanks again. Rikki Tikki.

  21. Keep working on the submarine, need more horse power RINO, like that Japanese prototype bring it back out Kool vehicle 👍👌

  22. I think the Toyota I-unit should’ve made it to production. It practical and has a wide range of uses. Maybe in 2056.

  23. All great inventions. The toyota personal vehicle prototype that goes low for high speed and quick handling would be what I would hope to see on the market.

  24. This is the new generation of mobility, who would have thought this would be our future . Who really knows what the future may bring . Modern. Invention great ideas at work

  25. So, for over $2000.00 one can get a big skateboard that offers a whole 18miles on a charge, and you wanna buy that dude a beer?! I'll buy him a beer too, but only if he swaps out that electric crap for a pumped up little gas motor…..18 miles for over 2 grand, are you crazy? What a farce….

  26. The sub is a winner , so was the Segway entry , sorry you wasted time on those items that only made it to concept . The Toyota entry is something that needs more development but could be useful in today’s world .

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