This website works best using cookies, which are currently blocked. Find out more



Some startling statistics indicate the current world population will increase from the current 6 Billion to 9 Billion over the next 50 years and that 70% will live in cities. Currently 50% of the world population live in cities, in the 1950 it was around 30% and about 15% in 1900. So congestion is going to get a whole lot worse unless everybody buys a micro car, gets on their bike or walks. The Peel P50 was a low technology, handy and practical solution back in 1962-65 which did not really take off and petrol was cheap. Will petrol be around in 2063? As you would expect the Japanese and Korean's are coming up with some new single person mobility ideas using electric motors for as part of petrol and emission free solutions.

For the last three years, Hyundai has been organising this internal contest to enhance and expand R&D staff’s creativity, and to discover fresh ideas for future mobility. There is always one overriding theme, but there are no boundaries for the ideas. Contestants demonstrate how new thinking can truly create new and innovative possibilities.

Hyundai’s engineers submit their ideas, which get evaluated based on creativity, technology, fun and relevance to the theme.

Winning teams from the first round then compete in a presentation contest and approximately half of the ideas make it to the finals. The final ideas are produced and demonstrated on the festival day in Korea.

There was a wide range of prototypes showcased at the ‘IDEA festival 2012’, including the ‘E4U’ egg car, one of the winning ideas.

Hyundai E4U - Futuristic Egg Mobility Pod 


Hyundai is currently preparing for the ‘IDEA festival 2013’ with its staff submitting their ideas this month. The theme this year is ‘R&D for Customers’, focussing on how to meet customers’ future needs. This reflects Hyundai’s current strategy to focus on developing the brand and customer experience. Each winning team will turn its ideas into working prototypes and showcase them in September this year.

The E4U - Weight: 80kg (including a battery)

* Hemisphere: voltage 24V/ power 500W / max. speed 15 mph 


Key features of E4U:

  • The E4U has an egg-shaped, streamlined body and is a new concept of future mobility for one person

  • The name E4U embraces 4 Es; Egg, Evolution, Electricity and Eco-friendliness

  • It is designed to be driven at low speeds on narrow roads in urban areas

  • Both its speed and steering can be controlled with one electric motor in the hemisphere structure, which simplifies the system and makes it light

  • A driver can control the pivot of the hemisphere structure, which spins in one direction

  • Its speed and steering can be controlled depending on which direction he/she turns and how much he/she tilts the hemisphere

Ideas submitted for the IDEA festival 2012 included:

  • A multi-rotor flying car - powered by four electric motors and propellers which means the car can hover above the ground, keeping the driver above congestion
  • A spare tyre electric bike - a spare tyre that quickly folds out into an electric bike. Can be used in the event of a puncture when traffic is heavy, or can be used for leisure
  • A portable transforming car –you can carry this around with you and driver can control it with their brain waves using mind control
  • A five-jointed car–has five joints giving driver great flexibility to manoeuvre around tight spaces - driver only need a one metre radius to turn. The joints also enable the car to climb up steps!
  • A road car/ bike –recognises the owner’s voice so they can talk to the car using a wireless head set - can be told to change seating position which will turn the car into a bike
  • A wind bike –main motor powered by four batteries, propellers powered by the wind

Hi Tech Shopping Trolley Mobility Trike.


A fun alternative means of transport which has come over from the States is the solowheel which I am planning  to review shortly.

Read other articles