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Nano-cars: Feynman's dream fulffiled or the ultimate challenge to Automotive Industry

Marek T. Michalewicz

Bureau of Meteorology / CSIRO High Performance Computing and Communications Centre
CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences
24th Floor, 150 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
email: Marek.Michalewicz@cmis.CSIRO.AU

This is an abstract for a poster presented at the
Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
The full paper is available at


The construction of the smallest possible car, a nano-car, is proposed. The size of this engineering artifact (as the name suggests) would be ~ 10-9 m. This is billion times smaller than so popular street machines. The necessary structural elements are: four Ferric wheels, two staffenes, graphitic sheets and as a reinforcing elements - buckytubes. The novel feature of this design is the propelling system: it is embedded in the (antiferromagnetic) wheels which interact magnetically with the `road', or atomic substrate. The actual assembly procedure details are left to the technologists. The scientific barriers and implications of this invention are discussed.

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