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A revolutionary two-wheller concept for megacities.
For anyone living in a megacity, being stuck for hours in a gridlock is a part and parcel of everyday life. This makes it hard to travel quickly and efficiently in personal modes of transport such as a car or taxi. While motorcycles offer a possible alternative to navigate through heavy urban traffic, it is often not a viable option for business people who need to arrive safely, comfortably and, most importantly, dry.This mobility challenges has prompted researchers and designers at TUM CREATE to develop a revolutionary two-wheeler concept, codenamed VOI, that is poised to change urban mobility. In Vietnamese, “voi” literally translates to “elephant”, and is a symbol of a safe and intelligent way of transport.
With its compact size and manoeuvrability, the electric-powered scooter is developed specifically as a transporter for densely populated megacities. It was designed to be as agile and affordable as a scooter and, at the same time, offers car-like comfort and protection to its passenger.Equipped with a front passenger cabin, the VOI can be used as a two-wheeled taxi or privately owned chauffeured vehicle, allowing people to commute quickly through heavy traffic without the fear of being exposed to the elements, such as rain, puddles, dust or road debris. The unique seating position gives the passenger a "front-seat view" that is unlike any other two-wheeler concept. At the same time, the enclosed passenger cabin's architecture offers stiffness and rigidity to improve occupant safety.Apart from being a personal transporter, the VOI can also address the 'First/Last Mile Problem': It can complement an existing public transport system, by offering commuters intermediate transportation from bus-stops or train stations to their desired destinations.
The VOI is not just limited to transporting passengers. Its modular front pod can be swapped for a cargo box or even a mobile kitchen — making it a truly multipurpose vehicle. This is particularly useful for small businesses in Asian megacities that rely heavily on motorcycles to transport goods or provide mobile services. At the same time, VOI reduces pollution within a metropolis with its zero tailpipe emissions.