An Enclosed Narrow Vehicle (ENV) for tandem, single/duo transport could offer an exciting and efficient vehicle alternative. Until now existing technology has not been able to solve problems relating to stability and overturning, which has meant that vehicles half the width and half the weight of traditional cars have not been successfully developed.
During 5 years of intense R&D, Brink Dynamics, a division of the Brink Technology Group B.V. (hi-tech SME) developed a revolutionary active balancing system which can technically realise the vision of Enclosed Narrow Vehicles. The Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC) system translates the 'car-type' steering input of the driver into the optimal 'motorcycle-type' tilt of the chassis. DVC enables an ENV to automatically bank through curves and negotiate traffic safely.
DVC produced an unprecedented advance in the state of the art of narrow vehicle technology. When DVC is installed, the Enclosed Narrow Vehicle becomes extremely stable, and drivers do not need sophisticated driving or balancing skills. The DVC system could lead to a new breed of 3-wheel vehicles offering a new dimension in driving pleasure and energy efficiency. DVC has been installed in several rough, mechanical prototypes which perform beyond expectations and have many potential spin-off applications including applications in 4-wheel vehicles to improve stability.
The TRICONE project aimed to convince the European vehicle industry and other potential end-users that production of these innovative energy efficient vehicles is technically viable, economically attractive and desired by the marketplace. The objectives of the project were to:
- upscale DVC & ENV mechanical prototypes to production ready prototypes
- technically validate DVC
- verify the market potential of ENV's
- transfer know-how to European manufacturers, SME's, end-users and research institutes.
The production of ENV's would not only benefit large manufacturers; SME's would profit and expand supply to new industries and markets. The production of DVC's and ENV's could provide many new employment opportunities for the European Community in R&D, production, supply, service, distribution, marketing and sales.