These Students’ Invented A Five-Seat, Solar-Powered 'Car Of The Future'

Buckle up.

At the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, students have developed a solar-power car that could change the way we drive.

Students say the car — a five-seater named Stella Vie — has a new solar array that would allow the car to travel 621 miles on an average summer day in Holland, according to New Atlas. They're calling it the "car of the future."

"Along with software that encourages the driver to accelerate and brake smoothly, a parking navigation system takes the position of the sun into account to catch the most rays while parked," the site notes. "After all, on a 3,000 km (1,864 mi) drive powered entirely by the sun, every last bit of energy can make the difference."


Additionally, the car is capable of analyzing traffic and warning drivers, according to designboom, and can conserve even more energy by providing feedback to its driver. 

"Stella Vie gently nudges its user to drive as efficiently as possible by giving subtle feedback through a built-in lighting system which warns the driver by turning red should they brake too fast, or accelerate too fiercely."

Students will enter the car in a competition at the upcoming Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in October. 


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