EO 2 Sideways Driving Car Perfect For City Life
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The Smart Fortwo has met its match for being the easiest car to park. Meet E O2, the concept from researchers at the German Research Center for Robotic Intelligence.
No vehicle is better suited for life in the urban jungle, as E O2 can change its shape or size depending on the parking spot. If the space is too tight, the wheelbase can be shortened from its full length of 2.5 meters to a mere 1.5. To give its riders more comfort, E O2 adjusts to its full length when speed isn’t limited by crushing urban traffic.
Its most impressive party trick is that the wheels ability to pivot a full 90 degrees, allowing it to be driven sideways. Because of this feature, turning around can literally be done in place. Take that Smart car.
If adopted en masse, E O2 drivers would be able to park bumper to bumper, since they are designed to connect when parking is limited.
No future concept would be complete without autonomous capabilities, and the designers have outfitted E O2s with the ability to communicate with each other. To avoid other traffic, the standard array of cameras and sensors have been outfitted.
As someone who commutes into San Francisco, I know how awful urban traffic is in a densely packed metropolitan area. However, with technologies for stretchy automobiles such as this in the works, individualized transportation may receive a contortionist’s leg up.