A CarbonFree Stackable Rental Car MIT Technology Review

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A Carbon-Free, Stackable Rental Car

car: The Smart Cities at MIT’s Media Lab is developing a electric car (top) that and stacks like a shopping A working prototype of the car will be next year. (Note: The top is an illustration.) The bottom image a close-up of a half-scale wheel with built-in suspension and motors.

The Smart Cities at the MIT Media Lab is working on two low-cost vehicles that it hopes revolutionize mass transit and alleviate pollution. Next the group will unveil a of its foldable electric scooter at the Motorcycle Show, in Milan. A for the team’s foldable electric called the City Car, is to follow next year.

The MIT group sees the vehicles as the in a strategy that aims to pollution with electric expand limited public by folding and stacking vehicles shopping carts, and alleviate by letting people rent and the vehicles to racks located transportation hubs, such as stations, airports, and bus depots.

“We’re looking at urban mobility in a much more way than the private automobile says William Mitchell. of the Smart Cities research

The group’s strategy will solve the “last mile” without losing the virtues of the automobile, Mitchell says. The mile is that inconvenient between any major transit and a person’s final destination. a traditional automobile provides on demand and gets you to your its negative externalities–congestion and pollution–seem


At the heart of these is an omnidirectional robot wheel the team has developed. The wheel an electric-drive motor, as well as steering, and braking systems. no engine or mechanical parts the wheels and the driver’s controls, the offers great flexibility in The driver can, in fact, the car up (see below image).

Six to folded and stacked City can fit into one conventional parking General Motors sponsored the of the car.

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This illustration shows how Cars stack together.

Franco Vairani

The wheels enable incredible maneuverability. of making U-turns, the car can spin on the and when the driver turns wheel 90 degrees, the car can parallel-park by sideways.

“The idea for a motor has been around for a time,” says Peter designer of the wheel. But Schmitt that the advantage of his design is the wheel is controlled by software of by mechanical coupling.

The MIT team’s vision of deploying cars in a shared-use, personal-mobility isn’t new either. In Lyon, a company called Velo’v introduced a shared-use bicycle throughout the city. Based on its success, the Velo’v system is extended to Paris with 2,000 stacks and 20,000

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