Car of the future
According to the Guardian, this is the city car of the future. They reckon that this car re-writes the rules after 100 years of motoring.
Developed over a four year period, the car has been created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as part of the Smart Cities research group. Their concept: a stackable, shareable, electric, two-passenger car. "Imagine a shopping cart - a vehicle that can stack - you can take the first vehicle out of a stack and off you go.
The MIT concept car is a complete re-think of vehicle technology. For a start, there is no engine, at least in the traditional sense. The power comes from devices called wheel robots. "These are self-contained wheel units that have electric motors inside," says Mr Chin. "The interesting thing is that the wheel can turn a full 360 degrees so you can have omni-directional wheel movements. You can rotate the car while you're moving, any direction can be front or back and you can do things like crabbing or translate sideways. It's almost like you imagine yourself driving a computer chair."
Tags: cars, design