Japanese Robot-Inspired 'Folding' Car Could Solve Parking Problems

Anyone who has a car knows the frustration of trying to find a parking space. What’s even more annoying is when you pass an open one but it’s just too small for your car to fit into. That’s what makes this Japanese car so appealing. “Earth-1” is an electric folding vehicle designed by, Kunio Okawara, a mechanical designer in the Japanese anime industry. The vehicles are able to fold themselves up into a different shape, much like the cartoon ‘Gundams” they are inspired by. This helps reduce how much square footage they take up, which can reduce parking spaces. They have a cockpit-style driver’s seat that helps unsure safety while the care is adjusting, as well as joystick controllers. This allows the car to fold on command — making the whole experience feel like you’re operating a real life transforming robot. The company is anticipating approval to sell their foldable vehicles by March 2018, and has already received 30 orders. Their goal is to sell at least 300 per year for tourism purposes — and with so many robotics fanatics out there, they will likely do just fine. Soon the frustration of fitting into a tiny parking space may be a thing of the past.

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