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Micro-Car Shrinks and Expands to Your Megacity Needs

Micro-Car Shrinks and Expands to Your Megacity Needs
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The EOscc2 smart car can spin 360 degrees, drive sideways and can link up to form trains

Leo Lutero
  • 20 may 2015

German artificial intelligence researchers have created a smart car that can form tandem trains, shorten on command and parallel park matchlessly. The EO smart connecting car (EOscc) 2 was designed to be megacity-ready with awesome space-saving features.

The EOscc2 carries over the basic features of its predecessor. It can be driven normally, diagonally, and it can even turn on the spot. Thanks to the unique wheel and axle design, sideway driving is also possible making it easy to slide the car into tricky parking spaces. View the demo here.

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The car compartment also folds up, shrinking the length of the vehicle from 2.5m to 1.5m, a 40 percent shrink.

 

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“A team of nine engineers and a designer as well as several students created the robotic car between Oct. 2011 and Jul. 2014. To prove the feasibility of the technical requirements an integration study as well as a detailed physics simulation model was built. Both utilized the final axial modules and most of the final electronic components but was controlled by a “Rapid Control Prototyping” system.” – Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) at DFKI

The developers, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), is a think tank that dabbles into robotics. Apart from the smart car, they also develop space robots, underwater explorers, search and rescue (SAR) vehicles and consumer robots. According to its website DFKI GmbH, it is the world’s largest research center in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

The EOscc2 has intuitive controls for easy access to all driving modes. Also equipped with a host of sensors, it offers assistance to drivers and has capability for autonomous parking. With a future autopilot system, the ESscc2 is ready to transform into a driverless car.

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But one of the most exciting features DFKI’s smart car project is its ability to form a chain. Using interlocking parts in the front and back, the EOscc2 introduces “social mobility” or an automated way for cars with the same destination to drive together. This allows control to be forwarded to a leader and for the other drivers to just sit back and relax.

With a top speed of 65km/h, the EOscc2 is powered by a 54V battery and charges through the docking interface.

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