Project CityCar

CityCar is a project currently being developed by MIT Media Lab which could change the way people move around cities.

Project Brief described by MIT Media Lab (Source:

The CityCar is a foldable, electric, sharable, two-passenger vehicle for crowded cities. Wheel Robots—fully modular in-wheel electric motors—integrate drive motors, suspension, braking, and steering inside the hub-space of the wheel. This drive-by-wire system requires only data, power, and mechanical connection to the chassis.

With over 80 degrees of steering freedom, Wheel Robots enable a zero-turn radius; they also enable the CityCar to fold by eliminating the gasoline-powered engine and drive-train.

We are working with Denokinn on an integrated, modular system for assembly and distribution of the CityCar. This project, based in the Basque region of Spain, will be called the “Hiriko” Project, which stands for Urban Car. The Hiriko project aims to create a new, distributed manufacturing system for the CityCar which will enable automotive suppliers to provide “core” components made of integrated modules such as in-wheel motor units, battery systems, interiors, vehicle control systems, vehicle chassis/exoskeleton, and glazing.

The CityCar project is continuing the vision of William J. Mitchell (1944 – 2010), director of the Smart Cities Media Lab research group. More information on the CityCar project can be found on the Smart Cities web site.


About automotiveiq

Automotive IQ, a division of IQPC, is the number one choice for information exchange in the automotive industry. Our comprehensive events provide an unbiased, focused forum where you can discuss and learn about the issues most important to you. We put a range of industry challenges under the spotlight in our events and articles to examine how to solve these issues in the context of todays business climate. Keywords: Management Conferences, Congress, Seminars, Networking, Management-Konferenzen, Weiterbildung, Wissensaustausch, Networking-Events, Automotive Events, Automotive

Posted on August 31, 2011, in ALL, Electric / Electronic. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting read , I’m going to spend more time reading about this topic

  2. Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have
    really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing for your feed
    and I’m hoping you write again soon!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: