front wheels, permitting easy entry through a front opening
canopy. This access requires the absence of the obstruction created by a steering wheel or handlebar, and so steering
is accomplished through the use of dual, side mounted push/pull levers called steering handles that act through
linkages to the front wheels.
All important vehicle control functions (acceleration and
braking) are placed on these two steering handles. These are cross linked so that either one may be used to steer
the vehicle. The risk of injury in an impact is reduced by their placement to the sides rather than in front of
the occupant. The steering handles provide a control system uniquely suitable for this vehicle design.
The front opening canopy is distinctive and unique. It creates
unequaled access to the vehicle, particularly for people with mobility limitations. It is a signature feature of
this product and differentiates this product from any future or existing competitors. It serves a multifunction
role as a bumper structure, footrest, instrument panel, windshield and fairing. It is therefore a critical and
integral design feature.
The chassis has many unique features. The chassis is a 3-dimensional
structural unit upon which all components are attached, allowing easy assembly. It permits the use of three wheels
and it allows for the use of a front opening access to the vehicle and the use of dual-lever steering. The chassis
serves as the integrating structure for the other distinctive features. The front trailing axle and rear swing
arm pivot points are located on the chassis as are the pivot and lock down points for the canopy structure. The
trailing arm front axle allows suspension travel while eliminating side roll (a problem typical of three wheeled
vehicles with independent suspension). The rear wheel is supported by a motorcycle type mono shock swing arm.
The styling is unique incorporating a rounded front cowl,
fenders, tail and removable fabric side panels. The style is functional and appropriate, yet with a fashionable
retro look that has charisma and appeal.
keep it simple! make it fun!