Füsun A.



Montréal, CANADA
January 12
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I divorced my full time career of teaching after 25 years, because meanwhile I fell in love with freelance writing. Ever since, I decided to legitimize my ten-year fling which started in the new millennium. Author of: "WILL OF MY OWN - A Memoir" Available at all major book outlets. For a preview please visit: http://www.dictionmatters.com/


JANUARY 27, 2012 12:23PM

Introducing Hiriko

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A tiny revolutionary fold-up car as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled at the EU on Tuesday, January 24, before hitting European cities in 2013. The car was designed in Spain's Basque country.

The electric two-seater with no doors is christened The "Hiriko", the Basque word for "urban". Its motor is located in the wheels and the entire car can fold up like a child's collapsible buggy, or a stroller, for easy parking. The vehicle's four wheels turn at right angles to facilitate sideways parking in tight spaces. The tiny cars can run 120 kilometres (75 miles) without a recharge and their speed is electronically set to respect city limits.

Dreamt up by Boston's MIT-Media lab, the concept was developed by a consortium of seven small Basque firms under the name Hiriko Driving Mobility, and a prototype was unveiled by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Car's makers are in talks with a number of European cities to assemble. They see it as a city-owned vehicle, up for hire like the fleets of bicycles available in many European cities, or put up for sale privately at around 12,500 euros.

Several cities, including Berlin, Barcelona, San Francisco and Hong Kong, have shown interest. Talks are underway with Paris, London, Boston, Dubai and Brussels.

The backers describe the "Hiriko" project as a "European social innovation initiative offering a systematic solution to major societal challenges: urban transportation, pollution and job creation."


-The answer  to urban stress and pollution-


This piece is mostly a paraphrase from the original article.


Füsun Atalay ~ Copyright © Will of my Own - 2012

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Something light and frivilous for the weekend, and some odd way to celebrate the anniversary of Mozart!
Adorable! But can it fit a bag of groceries? r.
Fusun: there is NO way I could figure out how to get in that car or put it together.
This was very cute...
What a great innovation! They will need to ban all regular cars from their cities...especially SUV's or the poor Hiriko won't stand a chance! And, they might need to supersize it for Americans...thanks for sharing!
I've been looking for a new set of wheels, but I wanted a car to go along with them!:-)
Does it fold up while you're in it. And if not, how do you get it in the tiny parking spot?
Nice, fun reporting.
Oh My...very interesting Fusun. I'd hate to get hit in one of those.
I love it! Especially the wheels that rotate 90 degrees to facilitate parallel parking. Kind of small, though. Might get stuck inside. :D

I heard about this on the radio and was trying to imagine what it looked like. I love small cars but when driving next to trucks it feels scary.
I heard about this on the radio the other day. But I'm holding out for the blow-up version so I can carry it in my purse.
This is so cool. R
Folds up like a baby stroller? It looks like it would be crushed by a baby stroller.
I want to drive one.
BTW, I get to play a Mozart bit on the old clarinet tomorrow. Whee!
I'll try my best not do do it Jack Benny style.
LOL Its a muffin car! Hehehe. Its teeny. :D

Did they give any hint as to what an owner should do if one of those dogs that chase cars catches it........ and runs off with it?
China has had little, small modes of transportation like this for years.....! They call them "sandals."

I hear that in Japan vehicles this size are called trucks......

In America, they'll have to sell them in matched pairs - one for each foot....

Do they come with anchors? A good wind and.......!

Throw some loose change on the floor, put a handle on it, and it'd make a great woman's handbag.

I guess charging them up wouldn't be a problem; a couple of AA batteries ought to do it.

(I'd better quit here - this is waaaaay too much fun!)
i like the smart car.
Adorable . Very Jetsons but I'd drive one.
That reminds me, I need to find my roller skates, going to a skate party later!! ~:D
Good idea, but then why not just ride a bike? It requires no energy besides that produced by the human body, keeps the "drivers" active and therefore healthy, and requires minimal (and cost- free) parking space. What we need in society is to slow down, be allowed to get to work at a leisurely pedalling- pace, and enjoy life more. Anyway, Hiriko seems like a good solution to pollution caused by the reality of our times, but hopefully it will merely mark a transition to a slower, more organic era where human life and the environment are held in higher esteem and work is for the purpose of accomplishing something significant rather than rushing to fit into a schedule- grid some menial tasks for the benefit of a corporate oppressor who's pinching pennies on our paycheques.
This was perfect for my mood...I need the smile, thank you. Although I wonder, how would my husband (very tall) fit into one of these? :-)
Wow thanks for sharing the info on this....Keep on trucking Fusuna!
I LOVE stuff like this. I'm still waiting for the " robotically controlled, just turn everything over to the computer and GPS car"" to become available for the visually impaired. R
I could drive it right into my Living Room! Cool! R
This car gives me hope for the future. I predict we'll see these everywhere within ten years. But then that's what I said about the Segway.
A glimpse of the future. I wonder how much storage it has.
Sure isn't a long distance car but I luv it!! Zoom. Zoom.
Very cool. Honestly, when I first looked at the main photo I thought I was seeing some kind of tool to use in the kitchen. So many good aspects.. but I feel a little claustrophobic... R
Wow - I haven't heard about this but I could definitely see it being used in Paris. They've just recently started the "Autolib" program, where people can rent electric cars right off the street - but this car looks even cooler. Though I can't imagine it being very comfortable inside.....
Phenomenal! Thank you!

Wow. I thought the Smart Car was small!!
Not for the claustrophobic, are they...but what a great concept!
Now, who has to stay home - my boyfriend or my dog? ;-)
Wow the things we can do if pushed to find a better way!
Wow it looks like a marshmallow
Looks useful. I wonder if my car co-op will get some. Philly already has cars that you can rent by the hour. We don't have a bike co-op yet.
Not very poetic but very practical looking.
I notice there are no North American cities in your list.
It's been several decades since the debate on electric and diesel car was one up to the present and definitely this is the answer we have been waiting for. Hiriko is actually just a concept car made by Chinese community but was recognized in the world for the future benefits that it could give. However there is still a flaws on the concept since the use of electricity has been engaged although the fact that the maintenance process is easier is still present on the said argument. With the help of auto parts stores online, we can opt to address car troubles. In here, we can have the basic replacement parts such as Headlight, bumper covers, grille guards, suspension parts and engine parts.