Why wasn’t a fifth wheel a good idea?


In the 1950s an innovative parking system was trialled in a Cadillac. When parallel parking, the spare wheel could be lowered to the ground, after which a motor would push the car sideways into tight spaces – and back out again. This would have been a boon for drivers of the huge cars of the 50s, so what was the problem with this system?


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Adam divides his time as an editor between the worlds of aviation and motoring. These worlds may seem a little diverse today, but autonomous technology and future urban mobility is bringing them ever-closer. Adam is also chairman of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards.

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