06 February, 2007

The answer to a question nobody asked

Sometimes when an entrepreneur finds a niche that hasn't been filled they can develop a product or service that fits, and laugh all the way to the bank. The money bank.

And other times they should sit back and carefully ask themselves "is there a reason why nobody has made a product like this before?". Perhaps because it's a stupid idea. To quote Derek Smalls, Spinal Tap bassist, "We fill a much needed void"

The Can Am Spyder launches on Feb 9th, but there's a preview site here. Can you imagine the fun you could have? A combination of driving a car and riding a motorcycle, darting into traffic jams, and staying there as the rain runs down your neck. Enjoying the sensation of cornering completely flat like a car, but without the power oversteer.

And just to put the final hole below the project's waterline if they were hoping to clean up in that huge market segment of folk who want to ride something a little like a motorbike but can't learn how to (or don't want to) The New York Times notes that in most jurisdictions [the rider] will require a motorcycle license.

Oh dear.

7 Step to the white courtesy phone:

Blogger Roo shout your mess

They've just sliced the door off an old bubble car haven't they, and turned it around. Silly Buggers

February 07, 2007 10:16 am

 
Blogger WhiteBoyBob shout your mess

Didn't Noel Edmonds try and unsuccessfully try and flog something like that about a decade ago?

February 08, 2007 9:42 pm

 
Blogger WhiteBoyBob shout your mess

Try and try, and maybe try some more trying.

February 08, 2007 9:43 pm

 
Blogger WhiteBoyBob shout your mess

And no, I have not been drinking.

February 08, 2007 9:43 pm

 
Blogger Chris shout your mess

Bob loves a tryer

February 09, 2007 7:50 am

 
Blogger Roo shout your mess

Noel's was the Qpod (also sold in France under the "FunTech" brand) - great if you want to buy the kids a car for their 18th and then delight in the crushed look on their faces when they rush out and see what the keys are for. That'll teach them to be stroppy in their teens.

February 09, 2007 10:41 am

 
Blogger Chris shout your mess

Well it was news to me but I see from this...
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/motoring/broadband/roadtest_qpod.html?mp_action=play

...that the intrepid team of reporters working for driverchris are correct. Mr Tidybeard himself said "There is simply nothing like the QPOD on the market today. It is high profile, high quality and relatively low cost. No other vehicle of this type has comparable levels of safety and comfort at such an affordable price"

The QPOD lingers on in our memory, but where is he now eh?

February 09, 2007 10:57 am

 

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