Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hiriko: The Very First Folding Car

The world's very first car that folds into itself to save parking space is set to be launched this week. The Hiriko folding electric car is a prototype that has been developed by the partnership of the Basque businesses, the Spanish government, and the MIT Media Lab, a US research firm. The tiny bubble car is reportedly tipped to go into production in Spain next year and car warranty will definitely be needed to cover the latest technology.

The new vehicle, which has been dubbed as a 'capsule-like city car' is to be unveiled in Brussels by Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission and it is reported that it is powered by four in-wheel motors. Each wheel is said to be independently driven and steers by 'robot' in-wheel electric motors to increase manoeuvrability. The conventional steering wheel has been replaced by a 'joystick' which tugs on the driver's fingers when ordered by a navigation system. Source: Go Green Hiriko: The Very First Folding Car is Launched

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