The EO smart concept car -- or EOscc2 for short -- is a flexible electric vehicle designed by German engineers.
Each wheel has its own motor and the car is able to drive sideways -- not unlike a crab.
One future possibility is for the cars to link up to form a kind of car convoy.
The car reduces its size by partly folding. It shifts the rear axle to the front and slides on a set of rails which raises the cabin upwards.
The Bremen-based team at DFKI Robotics Innovation Center have been working on the project for three years. Pictured is a concept image of the first prototype.
Known as the EOscc2, seen here with its doors open, it has a top speed of 65 km/h (or 40mph) and can travel 50 to 70 kilometers (30 to 44 miles) on a single four-hour full battery charge.
While they have had little success selling the system to large-scale manufacturers, they are continuing to work on autonomous features for the electric vehicle such as auto pilot and self parking.