Monday, 22 September 2014

Would you drive (sorry sit in!) this...

This is the EN-V 2.0 Electric Car

General Motors is using the occasion of the 21st Intelligent Transport Systems Conference in Detroit to demonstrate a self-driving version of that same EN-V 2.0 vehicle, along with a slew of other advanced vehicle technologies designed to make the roads of the future safer, less congested, and greener.

Looking more like a bubble than a car, the EN-V 2.0 — wearing a Chevrolet badge —  has been built with confined spaces in mind. Instead of a conventional hood, there’s a small snub nose and large windshield, while upward-opening front-hinged doors give access to a spacious interior.

Like the EN-V 2.0 showcased back in June, the self-driving EN-V 2.0 features seating for two adults and a full set of conventional vehicular controls. But while it features the standard steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedal, the diminutive EN-V 2.0 also contains a full complement of cameras, lidar sensors and V2X technology to allow the car to see the world around it.

For the uninitiated, V2X technology is a term given to a variety of advanced vehicle technologies which allow a vehicle to not only connect to other vehicles on the road but also interact with pedestrians and infrastructure.

This not only makes it possible for the EN-V 2.0 to know where other vehicles are on the road thanks to vehicle-to-vehicle technology, but also avoid pedestrians, road maintenance staff or other road users fitted with special armbands that communicate their presence to the vehicle.

Combine this with vehicle-to-infrastructure technology which allows stop lights to communicate their status to approaching vehicles, and the technology fitted inside the EN-V 2.0 lays a framework for a future where large queues at stoplights, congestion and slow-moving traffic are a thing of the past.

With a limited speed of 25 mph and a range of 25 miles per charge, the EN-V 2.0 won’t be replacing the family car any time soon, but its existence as a prototype vehicle does open up an exciting future vision of multi-modal transport.

NOT FOR ME THANK YOU, I've seen what happened in Minority report.

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