1981 – Robot Rickshaw – Ryugi Sugama (Japanese)

Tokyo, Japan: The Orient's ancient rickshaw gets a very modern look near Tokyo recently. Hiromi Magara, clad in a kimono, smiles while riding in a robot driven (or drawn, if you will) rickshaw displayed at Honda's "New Idea" contest recently. The robot driven vehicle, devised by Honda Motors employee Ryugi Sugama at a cost of $4,350 dollars, is said to get about 3 miles an hour with one passenger aboard.

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