SPV - Single Person Vehicle

The Exodus is first in a new class of vehicles, the SPV - the Single Person Vehicle, providing ultra-performance as the basis for reinventing transportation.

The SPV is designed to transport one person, and only one person, to a destination as quickly, efficiently, safely, and comfortably as possible. By engineering the SPV to the needs of one person, those needs can be better fulfilled, both experientially for the driver, and economically, for not only the driver, but also for the network and broader society. SPVs will deliver the kind of improvements in transportation that we have witnessed with computers and telecommunications. An SPV can be engineered to be relatively light weight with exceptional aerodynamic performance. Nearly every parameter of performance can be improved - acceleration, top speed, fuel efficiency, and more. A recumbent cycle is the perfect foundation for an SPV: two inline wheels produce less aerodynamic drag and less rolling resistance than three or four wheels, the rider's recumbent position decreases frontal area even more and lowers the center of gravity for better handling, and the rider is more comfortable because of the elimination of lateral forces in turns.

Transportation networks will continue to become more aware of vehicles on the road, and rely on computer systems to guide the flow of traffic. Networks will better inform drivers of very fine scale traffic conditions. And the rise of "Semi-Autonomous Vehicles" (computer controlled vehicles that don't require constant human intervention) is perfectly suited to the rise of the SPV. Together they could offer even higher levels of personal transport services. In the same way the Internet relies on "packets", the elementally smallest unit of communications, to enable the network to be fine-tuned to provide exemplary services for packet delivery and switching, the SPV can serve as the "packet" of transportation networks, which then can be optimized to support and guide the flow of SPVs.

By optimizing the transportation network for SPVs, average vehicle road density would decline. Average vehicle speed could be increased while maintaining safety standards. In addition, highway throughput would be increased by allowing greater passenger density per road square foot, as only half of a current lane would be required. The combined SPV/network could provide:

  • the shortest and quickest route for drivers,
  • a reduction in traffic and traffic logjams,
  • overall higher average fuel mileage and transportation efficiency, and
  • higher standards of safety with fewer accidents.

The SPV lends itself not only to daily commuting and short trips, but also could supplant short-haul airline and train travel, especially where multiple inter-modal transitions are needed. For example, most flight-based trips require multiple separate sub-trips; they can include a cab from home to the airport, ground transport within the airport, the flight itself, ground transport again within the airport, a cab or train from the airport to a downtown area, and then ground transport to a specific residence. A similar scenario often occurs for rail travel as well. On the other hand, an SPV could provide residential or business point-to-point service without any inter-modal transitions, thus eliminating transition times and lags, as well as provide a continuous guarantee of personal comfort, privacy, and safety. Finally, in many situations, an SPV would be ideal for long distance travel, even cross-continent, especially where multiple local stops were needed along the way.

Drivers could use on-demand SPVs, or they could have their own personal customized SPVs, with special seating and luxury appointments, personal communications, and secure personal storage. Specialized SPVs would be designed to fulfill different driving needs, such as sport performance, commuter, off-road, long distance, survey, rapid-reponse, public safety, defense, and so forth. An average family then might own a fleet of specialty vehicles, perhaps one 4-door sedan, a mini-van, and several categories of SPVs.

Suprine has developed a range of advanced SPV designs, and one day will deliver models that achieve 300MPH and others that achieve 300MPG. The Exodus fulfills a specialized niche in the SPV world. The Exodus is designed to rapidly accelerate to very high speeds and provide exceptional braking and handling. It's designed for the rider with a bit of gasoline in his veins, a person on the leading edge who appreciates technology, a person who demands ultra-performance.