Since Time named it one of the best inventions of 2009, the YikeBike’s New Zealand inventors have pushed forward with the design, recently rolling out two new models. Through a Kickstarter campaign, the company is now taking preorders for its brand new Model V and Model C units. The company’s goal is nothing short of global domination.
“Our aim when we started this project was to design something that could become the most commonly owned transport device in the world,” the campaign reads, “and we think we may be on to something.”
The YikeBike is something of a hybrid between a car and a bicycle. Or maybe it’s a cross between a scooter and a Segway. It promises some specific improvements over any of those options, but also a couple of significant apparent drawbacks.