GM, which earlier this year was showcasing its concept Electric Networked Vehicle, or EN-V, at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, is talking more about how it envisions the “future of personal mobility” through this vehicle. In particular, a design like the EN-V could be well suited for future megacities like London, New York and Beijing.
GM said the all electric EN-V takes advantage of enabling technologies developed within the company, including powertrain electrification, sensing, automation and Telematics, to offer a variety of useful options for future drivers. These include real-time rerouting to avoid congestion; advanced sensing technology that could allow autonomous operation privately or as part of vehicle-sharing programs; being able to summon an autonomous vehicle to a location using a smartphone application; and taking advantage of wireless networked technology to work or play while in transit.
In another nod towards this being geared towards urban dwellers, the EN-V concept is smaller in size than a typical car by having just two wheels and two upright seats. This would allow for several of these vehicles to be able to fit in the same physical space as one larger car.
“Building more and wider roads is expensive and doesn’t really solve all of the problems, meaning that smarter solutions are needed,” said Chris Borroni-Bird, General Motors director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts, in a statement. “Public transportation is important, but with so many people going from point to point in different directions, some personal transport is needed as well.”
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