You keep a close eye on automotive news. You follow trends, dig up rumors, and stay ahead of every new development before the news is common knowledge. Nothing in the industry can surprise you now, right?
Wrong. According to an article on Bloomberg, a Ford patent application published to the USPTO website just this month details a car which transforms into a bicycle!
Erm, sort of. After the user compiles the bike from components like a removable headrest (which serves as a bike seat), the jack (used for pedaling and gearing), and a spare tire (guess what that’s used for), he or she still has 99 percent of a car leftover. But in urban areas where parking is scarce, the bicycle-made-of-spare-components could prove useful in allowing drivers to park further away from their final destinations, and cycle the rest of the distance.
The Ford patent also states that the bicycle can be collapsed and easily stored once the driver has reached their destination.
The Ford patent application for this hybrid bike/car was filed back in August of 2013, according to Bloomberg. There’s no telling when (nor whether) we might see such a bizarre – and yet brilliant – invention in the real world.