Gotta Watch: Cool cars
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February 16th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Cool cars

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." So said Doc Brown at the end of "Back to the Future" just before he took off into the sky in his famed DeLorean.

The road less traveled or not traveled at all, in some very cool cars, has us talking today. The idea came to us after we saw a piece on a folding car that's perfect for the avid parallel parker. Adjust your mirrors and fasten your seat belts for today's Gotta Watch.

Folding car

No, it's not a Transformer, but wouldn't it be cool if this electric car from the brains at MIT made that Transformer sound? Watch the video to find out how much it'll cost you to drive the fold-up Hiriko two-seater.

Up, up and away!

Getting from here to there on the street? That's so five minutes ago. Check out this plane-car hybrid for the traveler who wants the best of both worlds.

Dive and drive

If you prefer mermaids to meter maids, strap on your SCUBA gear for this underwater wonder, which caught our eye back in 2008.

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  1. chrissy

    oops meant is not has.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Major Phil

      Sorry Chrissy, that sentence doesn't make sense.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      She was referring to a correction to a post on page 1.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fernando

      It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is.
      (One of the most inspired existential statements ever made by a president; or slick, but quite impressive in any case.)

      February 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. indyfan2

    I like the folding car. My 2 car garage is almost full and this would fit.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      You have room in your garage?? Mine is full of stuff.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. seattlite

    The submarine car is goofy, it goes too slow and you get wet!

    February 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      I agree. Getting soaking wet wiht your clothes on and having to wear SCUBA gear WHILE driving a car/boat under water is way to much work. And how does the water get out of the car once back on land ( including the instrument panels, etc.?) Weird.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    It's got to suck if you run out of gas under water..

    February 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I never thought of that! That's gonna give me nightmares.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio Alvarez

      it would be better if it came with an emergency flotation device that can float the car up.

      February 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jparker77

    The folding car makes perfect sence. Finding a parking space in a crowded city is a nightmare. I would drive one.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      two cars would fit in one spot, who's going to pay the meter?

      February 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DrownSoda

    Fabulous way to destroy coral reefs and aggravate marine life.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HenkV

    Nothing new: I have seen cars fly off a cliff, float on the river below, and fold against a big rock on that same river. 🙂

    February 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Did Thelma and Louise survive?

      February 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Neptune28

    How about a folding car that flies and goes underwater...better ride a bike. if the folding thing gets hit by an 18wheeler in the express way it would fly all the way to the river and end up at the bottom of it. that pretty much does it!

    February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HZ

    The folding car is stupid idea, first, it's not for comfort, second, it's not safe. third, all t hose folding mechanism will make the car's life span very short.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnway

      How is it not comfortable (I am assuming you test drove one, so you have some actual knowledge and are not just talking out of your tail). Second, explain how it is not safe (See note one above, especially since they have testing certifications showing it is safe). And third, have you tested the folding mechanism or seen studies on it to who it will shorten the life span?

      February 18, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Major Phil, it was a joke! Im sorry if you didnt get it!

    February 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hightid123

    The little folding car would be ok, but the price should be more like $5,000, not $16,000.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnway

      Agreed, if we expect everyone to own one, but that is not their intention. They are trying to hit 2 areas, one of the being congestion, and that is being addressed by having fewer vehicles, by people sharing them. The idea is that you leave the vehicle open so that someone else can use it.

      February 18, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Conrad Miller

    Ho hum, ho hum. More useless and unrealistic concept cars that will never see mass production. Hello, could we create something truly useful?

    February 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kiro

    if the car crashes inside sea ?

    February 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. blah

    are they american-made?

    February 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Volsocal

    They can be smushed, too.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
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