How the Gibbs Aquada Works

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­Part of the car-buying process involves selecting the options you want to upgrade or customize your vehicle. In a few years, automotive retailers might offer us an option that will transform landlocked sports utility vehicles and sedans into amphibians that can traverse land and water with equal ease.

­Gibbs Technologies has developed High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology that could transform cars into amphibians. To showcase this new technology, Gibbs built the Aquada, an amphibian vehicle that debuted in late 2003. While the British company eventually hopes to license the HSA technology to large automotive manufacturers, they are currently focused on selling the Aquada at a cost of £150,000 ($295,110).

In this article, we will take a look at the Aquada and the technologies that could meld our waterways and roadways into a single, unified transportation channel.