Regular and Chaotic Dynamics

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 257–266 | Cite as

The dynamics of Charles Taylor’s remarkable one-wheeled vehicle

Nonholonomic Mechanics

Abstract

In the 1950s and 1960s, Charles F. Taylor designed and tested various prototype one-wheeled vehicles. These machines were stabilized and steered using gyroscopes. In this paper, a simple model of a one-wheeled vehicle is presented and analyzed. This analysis explains the ability of these machines to exhibit stable steady motions.

Key words

one-wheeled vehicle nonholonomic system 

MSC 2000 numbers

70B15 70E55 70E50 70F25 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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