Hiriko

An MIT-sourced idea for an urban commuter car that folds in on itself like a child's stroller for easier parking has become a reality.

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso unveiled the 4-foot-11-inch-long Hiriko, climbing in through its foldable windshield to demonstrate its functionality.

With a 75-mile range per charge from its wheel-based motor system, the Hiriko would be priced starting at about $16,500, or used as part of urban vehicle-sharing programs; Boston, London, San Francisco and Paris have already shown interest.

Would you drive a Hiriko?

 
 
 
 

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