AutoRucksack: A Backpack for Your Car

One consequence of smaller cars like the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit -- which TreeHugger loves -- is that they have a bit less capacity for hauling stuff. While not a huge problem when you're driving back and forth to work (for most of us), it can make it tougher to put a load of gear in the back before heading off for a long weekend at the beach (or wherever your plans may take you). One German company has realized this problem, and come up with a solution: the Auto Rucksack, which is exactly what it sounds like. The waterproof backpack for your car rests comfortably off the back, which, as you can see in the above picture, doesn't add drag to your car (and decrease gas mileage) like a roof-rack-based system would. As an added benefit, when not in use, the rucksack adds virtually no weight to your car when not in use; the caveat is that it makes it pretty tough (okay, virtually impossible) to see out the back, but that's what the side-views are for, right? Wonder if they make a solar version? ::AutoRucksack via ::AutoblogGreen and ::Gizmag

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