Dear PodRide Supporter,
Just a quick update. As noted previously we are working on two fronts. One is the finalization of the design, and the other is the raising of funds to begin the next round of prototyping, testing and development as we move closer to production.
Whilst the exterior of the finished PodRide product will look similar to the original PodRide, underneath it’s very different. When Mikael first designed PodRide he built it for himself without any thought or idea that it would be mass produced and desired by millions of people from so many countries around the world.
This required a redesign from the ground up. The new design had to remain true to the look and feel of the original, and be easier and cheaper to build. The re-design also required many consultations and review sessions with our manufacturing partners to ensure they can actually manufacture the various components and do so within the tight tolerances required.
The original roof of PodRide was created by stretching fabric over a detailed frame to give it the required shape. This required a lot of time and effort to form the roof shape. We have re-designed the roof as shown in the images below and now the roof is created with 2 sections of laminated thermoformed foam. Apart from looking great, this makes it faster and easier to create, and significantly easier for you to assemble.
Regarding our fund raising efforts we plan to make announcements very soon.
Thank you for your continued support and patience. We are working to deliver a quality product to you.
Warm regards from the PodRide Team