Amphibious Hybrid is a concept vehicle that was created under an industrial design course project. Car designers Janne Leppänen, Tuulia Miettinen, Roope Kolu, time Stelwagen and Jaap Van der Voort has designed a car that can run on all types of roads which do not include road. Amphibious Hybrid as they are baptized, comes with an intelligent wheel system that records the terrain tires and configures automatically.
Amphibious Hybrid uses custom wheels to convert to match the terrain. On a paved road wheel close up to form a rubber tire, but you can open them only to provide traction for snow or ice, or open them all the way to work as a paddle on the water. The futuristic cars are powered by batteries to keep your ride a green. The designers agree that all these systems will come at a high price, but they declare that the costs can be demolished sticker advertising or by making the vehicle available for rental.
The idea is to make an amphibious vehicle that can be used on land, ice and on water. Inside each wheel is an electric engine, which has energy from batteries. To realize these points the vehicle needs to be adaptable to the environment and use. This problem is solved by a specially designed tire.
Intelligent wheel system
The wheel exists of movable parts which can increase traction or even transform in a paddle wheel to propel the vehicle in the water. The wheel is controlled by terrain sensors which decide when more or less traction is needed. This system provides the vehicle with more safety because it can answer to different kind of terrains.
When making a vehicle that can do almost anything it will be certain it is going to cost a lot of money. For students to be able to afford it, there could be a renting system. For example for 5 euros a day the tourists and students could rent the vehicle. Cheap price could be achieved by sticker advertising.