Can startups bring autocycles back to life in 2022?

You might have seen a weird vehicle at any number of recent car show that sits somewhere between motorcycles and cars.

It’s called an autocycle, and while the idea is hardly new, it kind of reached its peak about 2014, only to leave most hopeful buyers cooling their heels waiting for vehicles to roll off the factory floor.

But what is an autocycle? Where does it sit in the mobility ecosystem? More importantly, can it emerge as the future of micromobility?

What is an autocycle? 

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Version 2 of the solar electric Aptera autocycle

Legally, an autocycle is a three-wheeled, typically enclosed vehicle, that, as the name suggests, is essentially part motorcycle and part car. 

Let’s compare it to a three-wheel motorbike:

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures(NCSL) there are several key three-wheel motorcycle characteristics

  • It has handlebars 
  • You can straddle or sit astride
  • Need to be registered
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MSHP says motorcycle fatalities are up by 414%; Springfield father says helmet saved his son’s life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D says motorcycle fatalities are up by 414% from last year.

Troop D says 72 motorcyclists who died in crashes this year did not have helmets on. Under Missouri law, motorcyclists 26-years-old and older are not legally required to wear helmets anymore.

One Springfield father is still encouraging other riders to wear their helmets on the road. Scott Taylor’s son Trey got into a motorcycle wreck back in February. Taylor said he would have lost his son if he had not been wearing a helmet.

“It saved his life,” Scott Taylor said. “No helmet, he’s dead on the scene. Probably instantly.”

The incident left Trey with broken bones all over, a destroyed femur, and most concerning, traumatic brain injuries. He has been recovering for the last several months.

”Trey is doing pretty well,” Taylor said. “He’s progressing as well as the

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Motorcycle crash in Clinton County claims 1 life

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. — A 20-year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle on a winding section of road in Clinton County on Sunday afternoon.

Leonardo Hernandez Jimenez, 20, of Frankfort died on the scene as a result of his injuries.

Hernandez was an active member of the United States Army National Guard.   

According to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Hernandez was traveling with two other motorcycles on State Road 38 heading west through a stretch of road that curves twice near County Road 500 South and County Road 450 East.

Investigators believe Hernandez went off the north side of the roadway while entering the second curve and struck a concrete drainage culvert.

Police say Hernandez was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was the sole occupant on the motorcycle. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

“This is another tragic event that

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A 22-year-old Brazilian influencer who died in a motorcycle accident said ‘life is short’ in her last Instagram post

left: Júlia Hennessy Cayuela with her head tilted, looking at the camera, and wearing sunglasses; Right: Cayuela and her husband looking at each other, wearing motorcycle helmets, and sitting in a field

Júlia Hennessy Cayuela died in a motorcycle accident while on a trip with her husband, local media outlets reported. @juliahennessy/Instagram

  • Brazilian influencer Júlia Hennessy Cayuela died in a motorcycle accident, G1 and O Tempo reported.

  • Cayuela, 22, was transported alive to a local hospital but died from her injuries.

  • G1 reported that highway authorities suspect the accident involved a truck crossing lanes.

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Brazilian influencer Júlia Hennessy Cayuela died in a motorcycle accident while traveling across the country with her husband on July 15, Brazilian media outlets including G1 and O Tempo reported.

Cayuela was a 22-year-old influencer with over 335,000 Instagram followers. According to her Instagram bio, Cayuela had been an influencer for seven years and was a student studying biomedicine. On her Instagram account, she frequently documented aspects of her life and her studies. She was married to Daniel Cayuela, an

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