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.