This is Canyon Bicycles’ vision of future mobility. And yes, it is totally a bicycle. A four-wheel bicycle that is, or to be more specific, a 4-wheel pedal-assist bicycle. It is simply refer to as “Future Mobility Concept” and it is essentially a cross between a bicycle and an automobile.
Future Mobility Concept offers the best of both worlds. The agility of a bicycle with the ability to adapt to streets and bike lanes, and the comfort of a car, including keeping out the elements. Plus, it also have build-in storage too.
It is by no means the first of its kind. There had been such type of vehicles, but it certainly is Canyon’s first. Interestingly, unlike some we have seen, it does not have handlebar or steering wheel.
Instead, Future Mobility Concept is more like a pedal-assist recumbent that uses side steering sticks located on either side of the rider. This also means that it rides like a recumbent too, i.e. in a comfortable laid-back position.
Canyon said it will have an acute, 7-meter (23 feet) turning radius. Future Mobility Concept have a planned range of 150 kilometers (93 miles) and capable of a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). Those are what we know for now.
The good news is, it is not destined to be a concept. Canyon has expressed its desire to make Future Mobility Concept a reality. The questions now are “when” and for “how much” if it ever hit the markets.
You can learn more about this intriguing transportation over at Canyon’s website, but be warned, the website uses fancy video background and it will most definitely bogged down average computer. Like, seriously bogged down.
In the process of learning more about this vehicle, my fairly new 2019 MacBook Air nearly came to a halt. I had to restart it (which does not help, btw).
The computer was only relieved of the agony after I struggled to scroll through the page to get the details that I needed (which is not much, as you have read) and closed the page. It is horrendous to say the least.
But if you are willing to try, by all means be my guest. You have been warned. Alternatively, you can see the vehicle in person at Canyon Showroom in Koblenz from September 1st, 2020.
Images: Canyon Bicycles.