menu

Electric Microcar Folds In Half To Fit Into Tight Spaces [Video]

Electric Microcar Folds In Half To Fit Into Tight Spaces [Video]
Cities

The Armadillo-T is an electric vehicle that can tuck away its rear body and condense its size to almost half.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 22 august 2013

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or KAIST have come up with their own solution to the growing concern of space and overcrowding in the urban environment–a car that can shrink its size.

In-Soo Suh, an associate professor of the Graduate School for Green Transportation, and his team developed a compact and foldable electric vehicle called the Armadillo-T. The micro electric vehicle is designed to be used as a personal car or as part of the public transit system.

Armadillo-T-2

The vehicle prototype is based on the shape and behavior of its namesake, the armadillo, an armor-shelled animal that rolls up into a ball to protect itself from threats. In the same way, the Armadillo-T can fold its rear body into itself and shrink its original size to almost half. From its original size of 2.8 meters, it can condense its size to 1.65 meters and can occupy one-third of a five-meter parking space.

The car is a four-wheel drive two-seater with four in-wheel motors. It has a 13.6 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery pack housed up front. The wheels have a smartphone interface, which allows the car to turn at 360 degrees.

The car also has cameras installed inside, doing away with the need for side mirrors and allowing the driver to see both sides of the car.

The project is being supported by the Korean government, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement.

Armadillo-T-3

Watch the video demo of the Armadillo-T.

KAIST

 

Cities
Trending

PSFK's Workplace Vision: Leave The Busywork To The Bots

Ai
Syndicated Today

In Popular Games, The Recurring Theme Is Exploration

The much-hyped sci-fi sandbox game proved to be as massive as expected, while Pokémon Go continued to prove inescapable

Design Today

The Best In Wearable Tech From The Rio Olympics

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best gadgets and devices used to track performance

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Advertising Today

This Cookbook Is Inspired By Brad Pitt’s On-Screen Eating Habits

Learn how to whip up meals and snacks pulled straight from the actor's fictional universe

USA Today

Tour The US National Parks From The Comfort Of Your Home

Google's new 360-degree video feature lets people take a trip to Alaska, Utah or Hawaii and see these marvels of nature up close

Augmented & Virtual Reality Today

VR Training For Active Shooter Preparedness

SurviVR is an immersive environment to teach civilians how to protect themselves in dangerous situations

Cities Today

Redesigned London Tube Map Aims To Get People Walking

The updated display illustrates approximately how many steps it takes to walk between stations for a healthier commute

Experiential Marketing Today

Nike Creates An Immersive Pop-Up Fitness Experience In London

The Unlimited You space gave athletes a chance to push their limits farther than ever before

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 23, 2016

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

PSFK Labs Today

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Automotive Today

Uber Now Lets Commuters Pay With Pretax Dollars

The prepaid cards are a partnership with WageWorks, letting uberPool users save up to 40% on their trip

Home Today

Philips Hue Adds Motion Sensor To Control Lights Automatically

The wireless device lets users interact with their environment without needing to press a switch

Home Today

Beacon Device Takes The Pain Out Of Navigating A New Airbnb

Ping provides new guests with a guided tour of the house or apartment through a simple tap of their phone

Arts & Culture Today

Shelf Makes Its Contents Appear To Hover In Midair

The design uses metal tubes to create an optical illusion when viewed from the front

Arts & Culture Today

Interactive Ceiling Responds To People Walking Underneath

The installation features built-in sensors that cause the undulating surface to morph and react to passersby

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Fashion Today

Declutter And Recycle All Of Your Unwanted Stuff

A new app will help catalogue your possessions and give them away as donations when you no longer want them

Advertising Today

Tokyo Concept Store Disguised As A Parking Garage

The retail and cafe project is designed as a hidden treasure for urban explorers

No search results found.