Several automakers have spoken publicly about their future plans to release autonomous vehicles, but General Motors has been pretty quiet about the technology. Well, it looks like GM is working just as hard as Mercedes-Benz to bring the technology to life and has previewed what a future vehicle could look like with the debut of their new autonomous model, the Chevrolet FNR, at the Shanghai Motor Show.
The FNR was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, and the team’s primary task was to create a unique, intelligent vehicle for tomorrow’s younger consumers by utilizing innovative car networking technology. The Chevrolet FNR features a futuristic capsule design with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.
As expected the Chevrolet FNR features a range of intelligent technologies usually seen only in science fiction movies. They include sensors and roof-mounted radar that can map out the environment to enable driverless operation, Chevy Intelligent Assistant and iris recognition start. When operating in self-driving mode, the front seats can swivel 180 degrees to face the rear seats and the driver can switch to manual mode through the gesture control feature.
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