We’ve seen a few different preliminary photos of this spherical drive motorcycle, but now it has been confirmed that a group of engineering students is in fact pursuing the project, and are looking to implement an omnidirectional drive system into a motorcycle.
A small group of engineering students consisting of Max Ratner, Henry Li and Andrew Parmar have teamed up with local sponsors including Wolf Engineering to make this project possible. The team gained their inspiration from the self-balancing technology made famous by the Segway, and through a lot processes the crew has nearly finished their prototype. The goal is to ensure the motorcycle can be piloted by a first time rider with no special skill set. The advantages are clear, with the most obvious being the fact that the cycle has a zero turning radius making it extremely maneuverable. Check out the omnidirectional drive system testing below, which is how the spheres will be controlled on the finished product. [Via]