By John D. Sutter, CNN
(CNN) - There's a great post over on CNNMoney.com about the cars of the future, and how they're going to be "tiny and weird."
Tiny and weird and - I'll add - potentially awesome.
It's not just that they'll be more energy-efficient. That's obvious. These mico-cars also will incorporate computer parts that sense accidents before they happen and, essentially, drive themselves. The hope is that this will lead to fewer car crashes.
Check out CNNMoney's gallery for their full list of some of the prototype cars.
One of those mentioned is the General Motors EN-V, which I test drove last year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Well, I say "test drove," but I'm of course using that term loosely, since you don't have to do much to steer this robot-car.
More on that from a previous story on the topic:
The EN-V (pronounced "envy" and short for "Electric Networked Vehicle") combines two ideas about how to teach cars to drive - using sensors like cameras and sonar to keep the car from hitting pedestrians; and network technology that lets cars talk to each other.
This "car internet" lets the cars link up wirelessly and follow one another in a sort of wirelessly linked train. If one EN-V needed to pull out of the line, it could.
The pod-like cars, which are just prototypes for now (GM says they could be on the market by 2030 at a cost of $10,000), look somewhat like large scuba-diver helmets, or smushed dust busters. They roll on two wheels, which are aligned like the front two wheels of a car, not like a bicycle. GM partnered with Segway, maker of those futuristic-looking transporters, to create technology that allows the car to balance.
Here's a video of the experience, too:
Would you want to drive - er, ride in - one of these? Or are they too creepy-weird?