Shrinking car could soon hit the streets

A transformers inspired car has been unveiled by a Japanese firm as the first real life shapeshifting robot.

The Optimus Prime bot dubbed ‘Earth-1’ can switch from a regular car to an upright mode at the twitch of a joystick.

Four Link Systems, Inc's fully electric foldable vehicle 'Earth-1' which was designed by Kunio Okawara, famous in Japan as the artist behind the long-running wildly popular robot anime "Gundam", changes its form in Tokyo, Japan December 27, 2017. Picture taken December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai - RC175A81ED60

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Four Link Systems commissioned Kunio Okawara, designer of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" game, to sketch the wild concept with two large fins and brake lights at the back, and a cockpit opening for the driver to get in at the front.

It looks like any other futuristic car, driving with a steering wheel and pedals, until you transform it into Optimus Prime or Bumblebee using the company’s motor system.

Four Link Systems, Inc's fully electric foldable vehicle 'Earth-1' which was designed by Kunio Okawara, famous in Japan as the artist behind the long-running wildly popular robot anime "Gundam", is seen in Tokyo, Japan December 27, 2017. Picture taken December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai - RC156C185F10

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The Earth-1 is priced at 8million yen ($71,000) and is awaiting permission to get it up and running on public roads.

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