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Folded Like Origami

Spanish city car shrinks to minimize space needed for parking.

by on Jan.31, 2012

Everything is smaller when folded, but could that work for cars as well?

A consortium of technology companies in the Basque region of Spain is planning to produce a tiny city car that was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Called Hiriko, European Commission President José Manuel Durao Barroso said the car “is an answer to the crisis,” the crisis being the problem with parking in Europe’s densely packed urban centers.

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When parked, the rear wheels slide toward the front and the two-person passenger compartment tilts up and forward, making it less than two-thirds the length of a Smart fortwo. Three of them can fit in one standard parking spot. Passengers exit through a single clamshell door on the front of the vehicle.


Software Said to Keep Seniors Safely on the Road

Brain fitness workout program might decrease reaction time.

by on Nov.19, 2009


Users of the exercises in DriveSharp, on average, cut their at-fault crash risk in half.

A software program that purports to work on brain fitness is said to reduce the crash risk of senior drivers and can keep them safely on the road for a longer period, according to Jeff Zimman, Chairman of Posit Science.

The claim was made based on data presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today to a national gathering of aging experts.

Zimman spoke on “Mobility for Tomorrow” as part of the Shaping Life Tomorrow conference, convened by MIT’s AgeLab.

Massachusetts is considering legislation to re-test older drivers in the wake of  high profile crashes this past summer.

“Driving is essential to leading a rich life in most areas of our country,” said Zimman. “As we age, most of us want to be able to keep driving as long as we can safely. This past summer, brain fitness technology that achieves that goal and that had previously been available only to study participants became commercially available to everyone.”

The product, called DriveSharp, was brought to market by Posit Science as “cognitive software for people concerned with their driving.” DriveSharp is an interactive series of game-like computer exercise.



Zimman claimed that after a review of some 60 medical and science journal articles that have appeared in recent years attesting to a list of benefits of these training exercises, DriveSharp is said to be recommended by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The respected AAA foundation confirmed to TDB that it does in fact recommend DriveSharp.