You know you have been there. Stuck on the freeway or the boulevard during rush hour, inching along, listening to the traffic report, drumming your fingers on the steering wheel, when out of your peripheral vision you spy someone zipping by. The motorcycle, or scooter, or moped (if they are kicking it old skool) darts ahead of you, glides and weaves between the cars, doing the one thing that you are not doing: moving. It is easy to imagine the freedom, the efficiency, but cars are a useful evil. They transport things and other people. It is a problem. What if there was a car that was also two motorcycles?

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Austin, Texas-based Argo Design does not this is impossible. They call their design the Lane Splitter. It would be equipped with six tires, and built on two chassis that could either function separately as two three-wheeled motorcycles, or locked together to form one four-wheeled, two-seater vehicle.

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In an unusual design move, each motorcycle is asymmetrical, rounded on one side, and flat on the other. The two motorcycles are mirror images of each other that lock together on their respective flat sides to form the two-seater. The sleek design features a lid that opens and closes vertically, and which encapsulates drivers and passengers, though apparently the windows would open as well. As conceived, the body could be made using a 3D printer, which also offers the possibility of making it in any color.

Drive partway to work with your sweetie. Use the motorcycle to run a quick errand, or loan one out to a friend. Shorten your commute. Don’t get too excited yet; as of now, the Lane Splitter is merely an idea on a very advanced drawing board. There is no word yet how the vehicle(s) would be powered, what they might cost, or how safe they would be. Keep an eye out. You might spy a prototype on the road someday soon, cruising right on by you.

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Via Fast Company

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