C 1 'rolling smartphone' electric vehicle
C 1 'rolling smartphone' electric vehicle C 1 'rolling smartphone' electric vehicle
may 21, 2012

C 1 'rolling smartphone' electric vehicle

the ‘C-1’ (‘rolling smartphone’) combines the design concepts of a motorcycle and car

with a prototype exhibited at the maker faire bay area 2012, the ‘C-1‘ by lit motors is a gyroscopically stabilized electric urban vehicle combining the efficiency and small size of a motorcycle with the safety and durability of a car. the craft is nicknamed ‘the rolling smartphone’ for its extensive connectivity to mobile devices, integrated to account for traffic, weather conditions, and construction sites when selecting driving routes.

the ‘C-1’ uses electronically controlled gyroscopes to keep balanced at a stop, remaining upright even in the event of collision. charging completely in four to six hours, the vehicle has a top speed of over 120mph (193km/hr), with battery packs that provide a range of 150 to 220 miles (241-354 km) per charge.

accessible via a swinging door on either side, the vehicle provides room for two in motorcycle-riding-like configuration, and/or small amounts of cargo. a production model is expected in lit showrooms in late 2014, with the target price of 12,000 to 16,000 USD.

concept and demo video for the lit ‘C-1’

drivers exit and entry via a regular swinging door on either side of the vehicle

3/4 rear view

top view

LED-lit wheels increase visibility

design sketch

cut-away render showing rider configuration for 2 persons

timelapse video of the building of the ‘C-1’ model

UPDATE (6/5/12): gizmag goes hands-on with the ‘C-1’ and interviews company founder daniel kim at the lit studio

  • Great project, I’m sooooo looking forward 2014 😉

    Lucas says:
  • That’s the kind of work that made me want to study transport design at Creapole. Keep it up !

    James says:
  • Why can’t we see it in real roads.
    Looks more like project to me ….
    And gee why 30 sec. with the girl.

    marauder says:
  • The C-lit…?!

    peter says:
  • Watching the progress with interest d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • James .. I have a 60’s Meyers Manx, product Art Center School. I love this build tho’… no foam/fiberglass for these guys. Proper English Wheel and panel fitting. I would glaze that back hatch .. and massive door handles ‘delete’. No other changes. It’s a beauty. Press on!


    Jim C. says:
  • You should post it up in http://www.kickstarter.com/

    good luck

    dan says:

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