Lat­eral think­ing

Element - - Clean Technology -

The thought has gone through ev­ery­body’s mind. You’re stuff­ing about, re­vers­ing, go­ing for­ward, re­vers­ing a bit more, hit­ting the curb, go­ing for­ward, re­vers­ing… oh that’ll do! When is some­one go­ing to de­sign a prac­ti­cal car that can move side­ways? Un­for­tu­nately still in its con­cep­tual stage, and ‘prac­ti­cal’ prob­a­bly doesn’t spring to mind, but this car, dubbed ‘the crab’, can move in any di­rec­tion. De­scribed as an “artis­tic-tech­no­logic ur­ban ve­hi­cle for the chaotic mega­lopo­lis of to­mor­row” by its de­signer An­drea Fil­o­go­nio, it would also be great for the chaotic Auck­land me­trop­o­lis of to­day. A three-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle, the cabin is sus­pended and cush­ioned by an elec­tri­cal field gen­er­ated in the two chas­sis arms, pro­vid­ing the sus­pen­sion. When the car is parked it’s strongly at­tached to the chas­sis. Each wheel has its elec­tri­cal en­gine, linked ex­ter­nally to the sus­pen­sion, so that ev­ery en­gine is at the same time: en­gine, sus­pen­sion, brake, steer­ing. The large back sphere is the main steer­ing de­vice when the car is mov­ing. In the park­ing-mode, the lit­tle spheres on the two front wheels al­low you to move per­pen­dic­u­larly to the road.

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