Car That Can Fold Itself Up:
HIRIKO Can Squeeze Into Really Tiny Spaces!

20 August, 2012 - You are in a crowded big city. You drive for what seems like ages searching for a parking space, and when you finally find one, you discover that is too big for it! Does it sound familiar?

Perhaps HIRIKO can be the solution to city dwellers' never-ending parking problem?

The Hiriko Fold is an ultra-compact electric car that is small enough to fit in the smallest spaces. If the space is too tight, the car can even fold in on itself to squeeze in.

A small, practical city car that has no problems to fit into tiny space.

Hiroko will go on sale for the first time next year.

This computer generated image shows how the Hiriko Fold can shrink its footprint to fit into tiny spaces.

Hiriko Fold, also known as the City Car is developed by researchers from the Changing Places group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with the Basque Center for Innovation.

Hiroko compared to a Ford Explorer and Toyota Prius.

Not only is Hiriko Fold a small, practical city car, but it also very eco-friendly. The two-seater vehicle runs on a lithium-ion battery and can cover a distance of around 75 miles before it needs rejuicing. It also has a zero-turn radius, allowing it to spin on the spot or move sideways, a boon for those who find parallel parking nothing short of a nightmare.

The car is set to go on sale next year with an expected price tag of around $16,000. It is now just a matter of time before we will see the Hiroko trundling along our city streets.


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