Ford has revealed a quirky invention that is designed to make travelling the “last mile” where vehicles are not permitted easier.
The new concept known as the Carr-E was developed by Kilian Vas, a Ford systems engineer based in Cologne, Germany and consists of a circular platform that has four wheels and fits neatly into the space where your spare wheel in normally located.
The Carr-E is capable of transporting people or objects weighing up to 120kg and has a range of 22 kilometres at a top speed of 18km/h.
The main purpose of the device is to transport commuters from their packing space to their final destination as well as transporting heavy objects.
“We really need to reinvent the wheel, to find new approaches to mobility,” Vas said.
“When developing the Carr-E, I was inspired by Ford’s expansion into both an auto and a mobility company, but I’m also aware of how rapidly cities are growing and how getting around urban areas will become progressively more complicated.
“I really wanted to create a device that makes commuting easier and more fun.”
The Carr-E was among 633 proposals for personal mobility solutions created by Ford employees as part of the company’s Last Mile Mobility Challenge.
It has been shortlisted for the final along with another device called TriCiti – a folding tricycle and the eChair, an electric wheelchair that is capable of loading itself into your vehicle.
“Innovation and disruption is as much at the heart of how our engineers think now, as it was when Henry Ford first set about transforming the way we move,” said Walter Pijls, supervisor, Innovation Management for Mobility, Ford of Europe.
“Personal assistant devices can help people to cover the final kilometres of their journey quickly and easily, and to transport heavy objects they might not be able to carry.”