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Could I use my car wheel as a unicycle?

Ford think they’ve come up with a wheel-y good idea

Funnily enough, yes. In early 2015, Ford filed a patent for a whacky system that would convert one of your car’s wheels into a self-balancing unicycle. Firstly, a built-in, automatic jack would lift the car so you could easily remove a wheel, helped by a quick release function. Within the hub of the removed wheel is an electric motor and battery pack, which will most likely be pre-charged by the car’s engine. The saddle and handlebar unit – which you store in the boot – would click into place, and, bingo, the end result would resemble the gyroscopic RYNO (above). Whether you’re happy to look like a sci-fi circus performer is another matter.

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