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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ease On Down the Road

While searching the Internet yesterday afternoon, I came upon Time Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year. It unveils new inventions in a variety of different areas...Aircraft, Entertainment, Fashion, Health...to name just a few. It's a fascinating look at what things might be down the road for us. Some are currently in production, some are in development and others are merely concepts waiting for reality to catch up.

One particular invention caught my eye. Now maybe it's because I live in Los Angeles, the car culture capitol of the nation, or maybe it's because I still remember the trauma of having to learn how to parallel park, but this little item caught my eye.

It's called the City Car, from MIT's Media Lab and it's billed as a "stackable electric car." This 5' long two seater apparently has electric motors in each wheel and can zip along at 55 mph. I think it's pretty nifty.

My only question...which driver gets to plunk the quarter into the parking meter???

6 comments:

Mary said...

Joan,

This looks like a handy way to get around. I'm not sure who would have to pay the parking. hehe. Maybe the guy in the front seat. Sound fair?

Lynn said...

My question would be...what happens when the guy in the middle wants to leave?

Linda said...

I had the very same question that Lynn had! Does this mean you can only leave in the order arrived? No cutting out early?

ms chica said...

I don't think I could fit my husband in the cab. I'd probably have to strap him to the roof with bungee cords.

Patti said...

Looks like you would be too dependent on other peoples' schedules, like Linda said.
Neat photo though!

Renee said...

I've seen those on TV. But what we really need are small cars that fit just one and their work stuff that are enclosed (in case of bad weather) for commuting to and from work. Cities could even make one of the lanes of traffic that they already have into like an HOV lane but for the commuter cars to help them navigate to and from work quicker which would cut down on how long they're on the road.
Course the draw back I'm seeing is that these cars would most likely not be able to travel during really bad road conditions like snow storms...but realistically no one should be on the roads then anyway.