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Robert Q. Riley is an author, industrial
designer and a mechanical engineer with successes in a wide range of product categories.
His automotive experience includes
vehicle styling, packaging, and power train design. He has produced energy-efficient,
high-performance three-wheel road vehicles, electric and hybrid cars, and conventionally
powered automobiles of up to 128-mpg fuel economy. Early on, he pioneered the
automotive application of FRP/foam composite, designed GM's Drive I
electric car, and developed the urban car now on display at the American
Museum of Science and Energy at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Today,
he is considered one of the world's foremost pioneers in the design of
low-energy-demand passenger cars. His most recent work is the 225-mpg
Mr. Riley is also a prolific
designer outside the automotive field. Non-automotive designs range from high
performance watercraft, submersibles, hovercraft and human powered vehicles to fitness and
medical products like the Numo and the award-winning ARRIS medical imaging system. He has been referred to as
the "father of the modern bent" for his early work in revitalizing the
highly efficient but largely forgotten recumbent bicycle. At the beginning of the
new millennium, he again advanced the state of the art in recumbent design with the
release of his cutting-edge Ground Hugger XR2 carbon fiber machine. A solar-assist version of the
XR2 won first place in category and third place overall in the
2001 Australian World Solar Cycle Challenge.
Mr. Riley consults on product
design and new product strategies. He promotes environmentally friendly technologies
and writes and speaks on the subject of alternative automobile design. He has led
conference workshops and speaks at industry, scientific, and academic events. He
consulted on the Different Roads automobile exhibit at New York's Museum of
Modern Art and was the lead speaker at the museum's daylong symposium on the future of the
automobile. He was one of two U.S. technical consultants selected by Delcan Corporation to contribute to Transport Canada's
Transportation Technology Forecast, a study on transportation solution options for Canada's Sustainable Development Strategy.
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments
Produced more than 20 special-publication products for Fawcett Publications, CBS
Publications, Hearst Magazines, and Times Mirror Magazines, and over 30 feature articles
for magazines such as The Futurist and Popular Mechanics.
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Intelligent Transportation Society - Arizona (ITS)
- Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)
- Marine Technology Society (MTS)
An overview of the XR3 Hybrid
on PowerPoint presented at the Arizona/Nevada Section meeting of the
SAE on September 18, 2008.
On the Road to Personal
Mobility in the 21st Century. Presented October 11, 2007
at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems in Starkville,
||Different Roads: Personal
Mobility in the 21st Century. A comprehensive review of design options for
a sustainable personal mobility system. Presented April 20, 2000 at the Northwest
Alternative Fuels and Transportation Conference Transportation 2000: Options for a New
Millennium, in Portland, Oregon.
||Transportation Challenges of
the 21st Century. A review of the economic, political, supply
infrastructure, and environmental challenges facing transportation in the 21st century;
presented September 7, 1999 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
||Automobile Design: Year 2010
and Beyond. An overview of the most likely directions in future automobile
design; presented May 22, 1997 at the J.D. Power & Associates
Power train Seminar in