Following last week’s post about MIT’s ‘folding’ Hiriko City Car, scientists have unveiled a similar 2.1m ‘pod’ car that can shrink to fit into tight parking spaces.
The car’s length can be reduced by 50 centimetres by the driver for those tight parking spots, and like the Hiriko, it also features wheels that can turn the car in a full circle on the spot, even turning to move sideways into spaces.
But what really impressed us were the built-in sensors allowing the car to drive itself. Better yet – it can be ‘summoned’ by one button press on a Smartphone – a sort of auto-valet!
The car has a top speed of 55 km/h and a range of 100km when fully charged. Read more on the SMH’s tech section here.