With Detroit reeling and Toyota busy trying to explain away some rather egregious design flaws, it might seem like a ripe time for an innovative car company to introduce a mind-blowing, paradigm-shifting idea to the automotive world. This is not that idea. Hungarian car company Antro's ambitious reinvention of the modern auto involves creating a six-seat hybrid-solar car that splits into two three-seater cars. Or a pair of three-seater cars that combine into six-seaters, depending on how you look at it.
Without a doubt it's an interesting idea, and as such the company has poured 1.5 million euros into developing the concept into a working prototype. According to the company, solar panels on the roof could deliver enough power to propel a single three-seater 12.5 miles before the other power source needs to kick in, and its small design would certainly make it no less viable a city car than the Smart Cars that dot the curbs of many European burgs. But a car that docks with other cars? The benefits are dubious, to say the least.
To answer (or not) a few of your questions: we're not really sure exactly how this automotive merging is supposed to take place (nose-to-tail? side-by-side?). And we're not really sure if the car will be sold as a set of two or as individual three-seater units. But now we're getting ahead of ourselves; we'd actually be pretty surprised to see something like this go to market, Voltron-esque style points notwithstanding.
It'd be nice to see someone else driving the other half on the high way, link up on the go, then take a nap while your new found friend drives. "hey buddy, just wake me up before exit 7."
lol that would be funny. I would totally go for that car if it was under 25,000. I remember a previous article in the PopSci Magazine talked about a car that could split into four seperate cars (really interesting). It was quite a different design than what we see here. I prefer this one because of its "hybrid/electric"ness. Can't wait to see what happens
Okay, it looks a lot like a lot of other small electric vehicle prototypes, which are cool. But look at how small the wheels are and how close the body is to the ground. It might be good for aerodynamics, but it is going to get really beat up if it runs over a rock or a pothole.
what if the guy was mentaly unstable and drove you both off a bridge?
the car spells out: MORE AUTO THEFT, becaus a thief just needs to buy 1, and the drive a half, connect it to someones other half, and drive off.
but, a sorta practical idea
small cars are great on gas mileage, but I couldnt see driving that on an interstate with a wind gust from a passing tractor-trailer or even a storm. You wouldnt be able to control it.
I have come across an back to back eco car idea which seems ideal although they have to run on monorails and I am not sure if they are solar powered but it looks eco/ hybrid/ solar cars are the future as more and more people stop using conventional ones.
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This car seems to be very attractive as it is the first car which can split into two. This car look comfortable and it will be in great demand if proper dealership is done.
Okay this lloks cool! Though would you buy one? Is it safe? Why does it need to split into two? Its purpose is?
This car is really a good one. I think it is the first car in universe which can be convert in two. This car is stunning.
I have see this car many time and boy it makes me laugh, yet I know someone is serious about this vehicle being road ready. Imagine husband and wife together and then split. No selling of the car is necessary. Sorry this is my attempt at humor.
This car is really awesome. it is very passion able. i have many cars collection on my sites.it is electrical cars. in future electric car must be brand of all the Automotive industries.
That husu husu song is so easy listening. You'll like that song from the first time you hear it. I like this song.
Would you have his and hers? Would one be black say and the other one Pink? Still think it looks like you would be lying down though so would prefer a smart car over this idea.
Wow this really amazing car it looks like it is used in space. I think this car will rock and grab good market share.
Actually, it could be quite convenient if you and your spouse were off doing errands together. she could take the left half of the car and go shopping, while you take the right half and go down to the dealership to look at real cars.
I can just imagine the arguments now: "honey you're driving to fast and you're too close to the truck in front of us." "Fine! You don't like the way I drive," pulls release mechanism, "then drive YOURSELF!"