A half-car, half-scooter vehicle

A half-car, half-scooter vehicle

Automobile engineers at car giant Nissan have designed the groundbreaking vehicle for the future, Land Glider, which has four wheels, but is little more than half the width of a family car and is designed with busy city streets in mind.

The agile two-seater, which has a glider-like cabin, leans into corners and has a top speed of 62 miles per hour. And, a computer in the Land Glider takes into account speed and steering angle before automatically calculating the amount of lean required to corner, the Daily Mail reported.

The vehicle is also equipped with a special crash avoidance system which uses sensors mounted in the body to detect other vehicles, say its designers. The system then directs the Land Glider, which is described as a “personal city commuter”, away from obstacles.

A spokesman said: “Targeted at city dwellers of all generations, the Land Glider is a serious motoring statement of the new era of mobility that Nissan intends to lead. It is a radical new vehicle that combines the company’s vision for future urban mobility with Nissan’s great driving heritage. “In creating the Land Glider, Nissan planners and designers have conceived a totally new form of personal zero-emissions mobility that combines clever, new driving experiences, all in the one compact, four-wheeled package.

“With four-wheel stability and a sense of safety that originates from a tilting cabin, the Land Glider will appeal to both two-wheel and four-wheel driving enthusiasts.” Lithium batteries power the vehicle’s rear wheels while the passenger sits behind the driver in the cockpit. Takashi Nakajima, Nissan’s Project Design Director, added: “The exterior incorporates a soft, sleek-looking body that appears to be protected by a special armour. As part of Nissan’s expanding zero emission family, the Land Glider exudes a clean, friendly attitude.”