Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Open other side.

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



Double Car/Van

Car/Van has two steering wheels at opposite ends and instead of backing out, the car can simply drive out forward
  (+7, -2)
(+7, -2)
  [vote for,

Car has two "fronts" and can pull out/pull in or even turn around w/o rotating the whole vehicle

(I need to get better at writing clearly...this is my 1st)

thisnow1, Jun 30 2004

Malec http://www.paulsen.no/malec/
Modified car w/ dual steering [5th Earth, Aug 16 2005]

Please log in.
If you're not logged in, you can see what this page looks like, but you will not be able to add anything.
Short name, e.g., Bob's Coffee
Destination URL. E.g., https://www.coffee.com/
Description (displayed with the short name and URL.)

       Lets see: no magic, no bad science, no genetic engineering...sweet   

       Not bad for a first, welcome to the halfbakery!
swimr, Jun 30 2004

       a great 1st idea [+]
How about having one steering wheel and one set of seats, but have the cabin rotate like the turret of a tank?
reap, Jun 30 2004

       I've got a video of a rather small car (think original mini sized, though that's not what it was) that this was done to... but I don't know any link to it.
5th Earth, Jul 01 2004

       I've seen this done to the Mini, the VW Beetle and the Lada.
angel, Jul 01 2004

       Like a train?
MikeOliver, Jul 01 2004

       Yeah, I used to drive past one every day, had two engines and everything... it was a chevelle. But I can't find anything on the net. It would be interesting to modernize the idea, but as far as a practical way to back out easily, consider what happens when you start using by-wire technology: you could have a car with reversable seats, and two control clusters, and with the press of a button could face the direction of the car the other way. Or even step out of the car and control it with a remote.
ooys, Aug 25 2004

       Very good.   

       Now you can drive, and then your child in the back seat can help you park :)
phundug, Aug 25 2004

       I don't know how practical this would be, plus I've seen it done by welding two fronts together. Aside from that, I love it. (+)
Freefall, Aug 25 2004

       [ooys] "consider ... by-wire technology: you could have ... two control clusters, ... Or even step out of the car and control it with a remote."   

       Or make the control panel a removeable wireless remote from the get-go, and hold it anywhere you feel comfortable. Hell, integrate a video screen and drive from the can.   

       This would certainly be useful on those land-yacht Winnebago dealies.
BunsenHoneydew, Aug 11 2005

       I enjoy this overly complicated solution to a minor problem, which is not in itself cause for greatness, but in this case it works. It's like every parking space is a pull-through, even if someone is parked opposite you.   

       Also makes backing a trailer a lot easier.
oxen crossing, Aug 14 2005

       I guess this could help avoid getting ticketed for parallel parking in the wrong direction or driving on the wrong side of the road.
Jscotty, Aug 16 2005

       Good first idea - well done!   

       Might it not be a good idea to put the idea in the idea text, rather than as the subtitle/description. The subtitle could be either a witty phrase, or a short (short) description.
dbmag9, Aug 16 2005

       I wonder if such a thing would cause more parking lot collisions. I have seen instances where shopping centers required its patrons to front-end park in the spaces to curtail these incidents because people are thought to be more careful while backing out of a space vs. pulling forward out of a space where the driver is more confident and moreso careless.
Jscotty, Sep 29 2005

       good idea mate there was a version built from two series land rover front ends but required four people to drive as each person had a different control it was called the cracker and despite how frustrating reversing can be especially with a trailer it helps your spacial awareness but also if you do a good job you feel realy proud of what you have accomplised this technology was also used in a land rover pickup with rear mounted snowblower so the driver could face the task in hand thanks Nick
randylandy666, Jul 25 2007


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle