It is said that by 2030 urban areas will be home to more than 60 percent of the world’s 8 billion people. This is especially true in some of China’s largest cities. In these environments, for those who choose not to take public transportation, options will be very limited for the usage of personal forms of automotive transportation. One concept which aims to change that is the EN-V, a new electric vehicle form from GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC).
The EN-V, or Electric Networked-Vehicle, will be showcased later this year at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Three models make up the EN-V line, described as representing “three different characteristics that emphasize the enjoyable nature of future transportation: Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh).” The mode of operation behind these electric vehicles is said to be similar to that of the Segway, with that company in fact working with GM “to develop and deliver multiple copies of the drivetrain platform that seamlessly connect to and power the various EN-Vs.”
These two-seat electric vehicles, according to GM, will be powered by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. It will sport “dynamic stabilization technology” and be able to turn very easily. More interestingly, it will be able to be operated either autonomously or under manual control. This autonomous mode, as it is being called, “offers the promise of reducing traffic congestion by allowing EN-V to automatically select the fastest route based on real-time traffic information.” It will have GPS-based navigation, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and vehicle-based sensor and camera systems to assist in this automated driving mode.
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