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Is it a car, is it a bike? Yes, and it's the 'future of transportation'

The gyroscope-balanced C-1 two-wheeler, made by San Francisco startup LIT Motors, is purposefully small and designed to change the rules of the road in cites.

The gyroscope-balanced C-1 two-wheeler, made by San Francisco startup Lit Motors, is purposefully small and designed to change the rules of the road in cites.

"This is the future of transportation," Founder and CEO Danny Kim said. "We're taking the safety and comfort of a car, but integrating that with the romance, the efficiency and the thrill of a bike."

The BBC's Jack Stewart, who has seen it up close, joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

 

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Jack Stewart is a reporter with the BBC.
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"...safety and comfort of a car..."
No, absolutely not.

I can see the potential energy advantages regarding mileage and obvious advantages with its smaller footprint, but with regard to that amazing gyroscope... does it still consume energy when it's parked to keep it from falling over, or is there a kickstand or something? I would imagine that the energy load for the gyroscope itself would be detrimental to the overall mileage efficiency.

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