Hiriko - An Eco-Friendly Car With A Unique Talent

By Meera Dolasia on August 25, 2012

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What's better than an all-electric zero emission car that can travel 75 miles between charges? How about one that can do that and also, squeeze itself into a parking spot no matter how small - Introducing, Hiriko, a green vehicle built to ease some of the stress of urban living.

The futuristic looking two-seater which has been in the works since 2010, is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab Group and Spanish redevelopment agency DENOKINN. Conceived as an alternative to bicycles for people who live in urban areas, the car has a unique talent - It can fold to almost half its size (from 100 to 60 inches) with just a touch of a button, thanks to a clever mechanism that tucks the rear of the car under its chassis - all without harming the driver and passenger inside. What this means is that up to three and a half of these cute little cars can be parked rear to rear in a single parking bay!

if you think that is neat, how about this? The car has no doors. Instead Its windshield doubles up as the doors enabling both the driver and passenger to escape from the front without any danger of scraping the sidewalk or the other Hiriko's parked in close proximity.

That's not the only unconventional feature inside this cool car. In lieu of the normal steering wheel and brake, the inventors have installed a device that resembles an airplane yoke. To accelerate or decelerate, all the driver has to do is push the control stick back and forth. To turn, they simply turn the yoke control left or right. If that's not impressive enough, its zero turn 'robot' wheels can twist 60 degrees left or right enabling the car to travel sideways, making parallel parking a cinch!

The best part is that this is not a concept car, but one that is currently being tested in Europe. If all goes well, the Hiriko will soon be available in Barcelona, Berlin and San Francisco, where the manufacturers plan to sell it to the local municipalities for their car-sharing program.

The $17,000USD Hiriko will also be available to the general public. However, if for some reason its futuristic look does not quite catch your fancy, you can wait for the other two models that are already in pre-production stage - A convertible called Alai and a small truck called Laga!

Resources: inhabitat.com, gizmag.com,mototrend.com, digitaltrends.com

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  • kyleSunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:30 am
    Wow! Fantastic car!
    • kell-bell
      kell-bellMonday, May 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm
      I will have a car like that too!
      • seliza
        selizaSaturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:20 am
        I would love a HIRIKO when i am old enough to drive. It is very compact and will be easy to park. It is very cool.
        • 4c36073
          4c36073Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:02 am
          This small of a car is cool. It can barley fit 2 people into it. This is one of the smallest cars ever. It's also very cool with the door in the front.
          • 4c36762
            4c36762Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 am
            It's so cool that they invented a car like this!!!!!!!
            • tinoTuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:00 am
              thats a smart way to fit in tiny parking spots
              • 4c35779
                4c35779Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:53 am
                If there is not a lot of space for the car it can become smaller.
                • dj73942
                  dj73942Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:51 am
                  cool
                  • krish10
                    krish10Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm
                    Cool!
                    • KawaiiTuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:38 am
                      its so cute ^-^

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