A key driver in operations and supply chain management is transportation. Here are two innovations — one will make it to market soon; the other is probably farther out:
At first sight, I was thinking this looks like the BMW C1, which is a motorcycle with a roof that I’ve seen on the streets of Europe since the early 2000:
While the The Lit Motors’ protoype has the same name (C1 — I don’t know what the connection is), it is very different in two aspects: 1) it is fully electric and, more interestingly, 2) it is gyro-stabilized. The two gyroscopes keep the C1 constantly upright. “That means it stays standing while stopped and can pirouette through traffic like the best from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. How much force would it take to knock the C1 on its side? According to Lit, a small elephant would have to hit it broadside to put the C1 on the ground.” Now that is cool! And this is an actual prototype so it may make it to market, which is not so clear about the second transportation innovation:
2. Volkswagen Levitating Car
This is a “concept car” that uses magnetic levitation (similar to the high speed train I rode to the Shangai airport–we clocked 448kph). I have no idea how close this is to actual feasibility, but it surely would be the coolest car around!