Tuesday, March 18, 2008

MIT plans to roll out 'folding' car

This MIT project has been in the works for some time and has been blogged about here previously. Yet now it seems that the project is coming to fruition. The Register reports that

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are planning to knock up a full-scale model of their "City Car" - an experimental vehicle which "folds" itself in half and snuggles up to other City Cars in the manner of supermarket trollies.

Artist's impression of MIT folding car in a supermarket trolley stack

The MIT team, led by architecture professor Bill Mitchell, reckons its revolutionary wheels would solve urban transportation problems at a stroke, with pollution-free electric drive and the ability to park in one-eighth of the space of a conventional car. Mitchell declared: "We have reinvented urban mobility."

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