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Have you ever come across the sole remaining parking spot on a busy street, only to discover that your car won't quite fit? Wouldn't it be great if, in that moment, you could shrink your ride by a few feet?

Three Armadillo-T subcompact cars can fit in a single parking spot

A prototype car from the Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology, called the Armadillo-T, is the latest in small car design with a space saving feature any urbanite can appreciate: The driver can fold the car in half using a smartphone app.


Thus far, KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has mostly been in these pages for its work with in-road charging technology (see here and here). The latest out of KAIST is just as future-minded as roads full of charging devices: flexible batteries.

In September, the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) demonstrated the technical concept for the On Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) using individual cars (which were really kind of cute – see them here). Today, the KAIST launched an actual prototype electric train that draws energy through non-contact magnetic charging from power strips embedded in the road. The train, with three cars, is now in use at an amusement park in Gwacheon, south of Seoul. The power strips are only require