GM, which earlier this year unveiled a Disney style electric vehicle concept called the EN-V, has been busy with this EV showing it off in China as part of the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai. The latest word on this EV from GM was a showboating of the EN-V’s ability for autonomous driving.
GM said in a statement that the EN-V models – Miao (Magic), Jiao (Pride) and Xiao (Laugh) – “demonstrated their capability both with and without occupants on a closed driving course complete with curved and straight roads. They showcased their ability to react quickly to unforeseen obstacles and changes in driving conditions, as well as their great maneuverability and agility empowered by dynamic stabilization technology.”
Also being shown off by GM in relation to the EN-V was the in-vehicle videoconferencing capability of the concept vehicles, which the auto manufacturer says would let drivers “stay connected to their ‘social networks’ while on the go.” It is said that the combination of wireless communication, the Global Positioning System, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and vehicle-based sensors allows for this type of more advanced connectivity to occur.
“EN-V represents another major step forward in GM’s leadership in the development of advanced vehicle technology,” said GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale, in a statement. “By creating a new automobile DNA through the convergence of electrification and connectivity, EN-V offers the promise of eliminating traffic congestion, crashes and vehicle emissions in tomorrow’s urban communities.”