Nov
06
2007

Fit five cars into one parking space

Smart "City Car": MIT Car by Mitchell Joachim
Smart "City Car": MIT Car by Mitchell Joachim
Coming soon are electric vehicles that will be stacked like grocery carts outside of popular destinations. A swipe of your credit card and you can drive it to another location. The body of the car will be made of lightweight composite material such as Kevlar or carbon fiber.

Embedded in each of its four wheels will be an electric motor, steering and braking mechanisms, suspension, and digital controls, all integrated into sealed units that can be snapped on and off. The Boston Globe.

These cars will be smart

These smart cars will be like computers on wheels. They can charge or give back electricity while stacked up waiting for users. They will know where parking is available and the best routes to their destination, avoiding traffic delays. I also predict that they will soon be able to drive themselves. (Read about the DARPA Urban Challenge)

Update: more Mitchell Joachim MIT car designs

Mitchell Joachim's archinode.com website has seven more vehicles vehicles like the one pictured. Click on each car for more information. One design has passengers drive while standing up.

Recommended links

Video demo of MIT stackable electric vehicles.
City Car presentation by The Boston Globe
MIT "Smart Cities" web page

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Gene's picture
Gene says:

c\net news is covering the story, too, and has some cool pictures.

posted on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 6:02pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Thanks Gene. Click here to read the c\net article about stackable City cars.

posted on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 8:18am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I can see this starting around collages.
and then students have to explain credit card charges to mom and dad.

posted on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 4:06pm
apey1997's picture
apey1997 says:

I think it looks cool!!!

posted on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 7:50pm

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