As modern vehicles grow increasingly complex, Ford sees an opportunity to simplify things for emerging markets. The company recently filed a patent for a vehicle that appears to draw inspiration from one of Ford’s earliest vehicles, the 1903 Model A. The new design has several features that will help it be both affordable and capable of handling inadequate infrastructure.
While in its time, the 1903 Model A (pictured below) was one of the power powerful passenger cars on the road with its two-cylinder, eight-horsepower engine, its design is primitive by today’s standards. The vehicle could seat two passengers thanks to its bench seat and had simple controls. The vehicle’s utilitarian approach proved to be fruitful, as Ford made an impressive profit off of a vehicle that helped set the stage for the transformative Model T.
Ford’s latest patent reveals a similar design to the Model A with a minimalistic design that will bridge the gap between cars and bicycles. The sketches portray a vehicle that looks like a pedal-powered go-kart with various seating arrangements with simple running gear.