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MIT Media Lab – The stackable CityCar

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In 2003, Prof. William J. Mitchell organized a research team to explore new ideas for vehicles in the future. The goal was to re-think the car as a design object and redefine the relationship between people, cars and cities.

Prof. Mitchell gathered a multidisciplinary team of people to participate in a workshop, with backgrounds as diverse as urbanism, architecture, industrial design, mechanical and electronic engineers, as well as software programmers. The workshop offered a blue sky to study any kind of ideas related to the future of transportation, far from the constraints of the automotive industry. Over several semesters, the group produced a large number of concepts -not all displayed here- which ranged from performance vehicles to communication devices and mechanical components.

The workshop is hosted by the Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Lab, where General Motors is a sponsor. Representatives of GM participate actively in the workshop as guest critics.

Read more and see…

http://web.mit.edu/francov/www/citycar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFwXpL8Luj4

http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/13/transportation-tuesday-mits-stackable-city-car/

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November 10, 2009 at 1:28 am

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