EVER want to ride a bike for exercise، but don't feel up to taking on the busy streets or British weather?
The world's first calorie-burning car has provided a solution، with bicycle pedals instead of an accelerator or brake، the sun reported.
The FitCar PPV (pedal-powered vehicle) is the brainchild of Nasser Al Shawaf، a Saudi inventor who spent an hour each way in his car on the daily commute.
He partnered with Dutch engineering company BPO to create a mechanism that can theoretically be retrofitted into any automatic car for under £1،000.
The video demonstrates how an Audi A4 Avant prototype's throttle has been replaced by bicycle pedals، which generate an electronic pulse to engage the accelerator.
Meanwhile، the motor is powered as normal - delivering the carmaker's original performance and economy.
To allow space for the bicycle pedals، the brakes have also been replaced with off-the-shelf handles used in Motability cars.
Studies suggest that the FitCar can burn more than 300 calories every 30 minutes، and it has already been trialled in the Netherlands.
There are three simple settings for speed: Drive Slow، Drive Fast and No Drive when stuck in traffic، but with the ability to continue cycling.
Al Shawaf said: "We are increasingly time-poor and unfit، the FitCar PPV provides at least part of the solution to these two problems for those of us wishing to exercise more، but without the time to do it."
Oscar Brocades Zaalberg، BPO Founder and Managing Director، added: “This is two years in the making.
"We started with a simple ‘buck’ to demonstrate how this could work، then tried it out for real on a SmartCar.
"This is prototype two، an Audi A4 Avant - chosen for its cockpit ergonomics، allowing for a comfortable cycling position، with enough room for the physical action of pedalling.
"Our ambition is for the technology to be either adopted by a car manufacturer for a new generation of ‘healthier’ city cars، or for us simply to offer it as a conversion kit in the after-market – for those wishing to add PPV as an optional active extra to their car.
"Once you get in the car and drive it، it is intuitive، easy to control and safe – I would encourage any body to give it a try.
"We could feasibly introduce regenerative braking، or different packaging so we can fold the pedals away and return to standard drive mode.
"We could also develop an App to go with the PPV to maximise calorie-burn، efficiency and to introduce different routes and challenges among a community of followers. All perfectly possible.”