Designer Patty Yuan dreamed up this Personal Commuter idea that she hopes will be picked up by international shoemaker Camper, naming her little two-seater electric vehicle the Lotus (after the flower, not the car). Similar to a Segway, it balances its two wheels using a digitally-enhanced gyroscope, giving it the added ability of spinning around 360 degrees in one place.
Yuan aims her design concept at China in 2012, hoping urban professionals will pick up on this customizable idea. It's a wonderful utopian notion, but we doubt it would do too well against cabbies in New York or SUVs ruling the roads in the U.S. Check out more fanciful renderings, vaguely describing how it works:
Team up this idea with automated driving and self-parking, and it might be an acceptable post-apocalypse runabout.