Modern day cities are getting too crowded. Driving in heavy traffic or parking your car during rush hours can be quite challenging. This tiny flexible robotic car EO2 developed by a team of researchers at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Germany can be the answer to all these problems.
The EO2 is a small comfortable electric car ideal for single individuals as big cars take up so much space. The car is white in color with butterfly doors and big windows. All it’s four wheel can rotate by 90⁰ becoming perpendicular to the body. These wheels allow the car to spin in a circle and even drive sideways. This feature could help tremendously while parking as even an expert driver many times finds it difficult to park in small spaces.
The EO2 weighs about 1,653 lb and its body can compress from 2.5 m to 1.5 m (from 8.2 ft. to 4.9 ft.) because its panels can slide up over each other slightly, keeping its 4 wheels on the ground. It can slide sideways into parking slots somewhat like a crab.
Check it out in the following video:
EO2 smart car also has an auto-navigation system and many other functions to assist the driver. Its auto-pilot can drive the car safely and it can even park autonomously on narrow or congested roads.
The researchers are also developing the ‘Platoon’ concept to connect several such smart cars to each other on the road forming sort of a train of cars. The driver in the platoon can choose the autonomous mode and take his hands off the wheel. He can relax or read something while the car drives itself.
You can see it in the video below:
The car is still in the prototype phase and there is no word from the research team about when the EO2 smart car will become commercially available to consumers.