Parking is a big problem facing by everyone. It is very difficult to get a parking space in restaurants, shopping malls, railway stations and even in hospitals. As a solution to this dilemma, South Korea invented a foldable electric car called Armadillo-T. With a click on a Smartphone, the experimental “Armadillo-T” electric car made in South Korea will park itself and fold neatly in half, freeing up space in crowded cities. A Windows-based computer system communicates with the driver’s Smartphone and enables self-parking.
The quirky two-seater is named after the animal whose shell it resembles. The prototype may never see production, but it is part of a trend of developing environmentally friendly vehicles for urban spaces. Though not compliant with design requirements for publicly used cars, the vehicle serves as a test bed for city-travel technologies of the future. Designed to address the lack of parking spaces – a typical problem in modern-day cities – the car can fold itself. It almost halves its body length to 65 inches, when folded.
This smallest commercial vehicle is weighing about half a ton, the car can travel 62 miles on a 10-minute charge. The micro vehicle, whose maximum speed at 37 mph, cannot legally go on roads in South Korea because it does not meet certain criteria, such as the ability to withstand crashes. As the design doesn’t meet the safety requirements and crash-resilience demands, it is highly unlikely it will ever be seen in open traffic. However, the team hopes that, eventually, Korean authorities could change the rules applying to micro cars, opening the possibilities for Armadillo-T to enter commercial market. A video demonstrating the prototype has been viewed more than 780,000 times on YouTube.
Suh In-soo, a professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology who led development of the car, did away with rear-view mirrors by adding tiny digital cameras that show the back and sides of the car on an in-dashboard screen. Suh In-soo said that: “They can be parked in every corner of the street and buildings, be it apartments, shopping malls or supermarkets.”