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The Most Interesting Ways to Travel To Work

Posted on: February 4, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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We all know that the daily commute to work can be a real drag, but that doesn’t mean you can’t arrive in style. From monorails to hover bikes, here are some of the more unusual ways you can beat the rat race and turn heads at the same time.

The Shweeb

In 2010, Google invested $1 million to get this pedal-powered monorail up and running. Designed as an eco-friendly and efficient way to move across a high density city, the Shweeb would be a great way to get to work.

While still in its concept stage, a prototype does exist in Roturura, New Zealand and the Shweeb is also set to be installed at the ‘world’s first eco-friendly amusement park’ in Niagara Falls, Canada in 2015..

Shweeb
CC by Shweeb.com

Hyundai E4U

While it won’t win any awards for good looks, Hyundai’s concept ‘eggmobile’ has been touted as the next solution for the urban commuter. Holding a single passenger, the concept vehicle glides on a rolling ball allowing it to move in any direction. The E4U is also driven with the driver’s feet, which tilts the semisphere in a given direction in order to move or stop the unit.

hyundai E4u
CC by karmadecay.com

Hondas Uni-Cub

Hyundai aren’t the only car manufacturer working on a personal mobility vehicle – meet Honda’s Uni-Cub. Don’t get confused, this is not a rolling toilet, it’s more like a motorised office chair designer to efficiently transport people to and from work. Indeed, it is even suitable to be used in the office.

honda uni cub
CC by Honda

Aqua Star

Some people take the ferry to work in the morning. Sure, it’s a nice way to travel but have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to work beneath the waves? Well the Aqua Star gives you the chance to find out. Touted as an underwater motorcycle, the Aqua Star is a one man underwater mobility device that can have you zipping all over Sydney Harbour without fear of collision. So forget about your Vespa and get yourself an Aqua Star scooter.

aquastar
CC by inhabitat.com

Aerofex Hover Vehicle

Move over Luke Skywalker, your Speeder has nothing on Aerofex’s hover vehicle. In development since 2008, this hovercraft has just released a proto-type that can achieve 30 miles per house and ascend 15 feet into the air. One of the planned uses for the Aerofex hover vehicle is to courier items and people between buildings, however it could also be a great way to travel to work – simply hover over the top of a traffic jam for a speedy trip to work.

arofex hover vehicle
CC by inhabitat.com

The Fliz bike

It looks like a bike, but it’s not a bike. With no pedals and no gears, the Fliz is more like a two-wheel Flintstone’s car. Hanging elegantly from the frame, you will feel like Superman while running to work. We still don’t know why it didn’t catch on in the early 1800s.

Fliz Bike
CC by Fliz Concept

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