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THIS TINY ELECTRIC CAR CAN DRIVE SIDEWAYS AND SHRINK TO FIT INTO PARKING SPACES

By Stephen Edelstein — Updated May 13, 2015 9:27 am

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Anyone who’s read a bit of science fiction knows that living in futuristic urban sprawl can be a bit of a drag, but a team of German engineers has a concept car designed to make driving and living with an automobile easier in the densely-populated urban areas increasing numbers of people are expected to call home.

Created by DFKI Robotics Innovation Center, the EO Smart Connecting Car 2 adapts to the urban environment like a rat squeezing through cracks in a boarded-up building. It can shrink to take up less space, and even drive sideways into parking spaces.

The pod-like design features seating for two and four electric motors, one mounted to each wheel hub. This design allowed engineers to give the car some serious turning ability. Each wheel can rotate 90 degrees.

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