Sometimes, we think it’s awesome when things look like they’re from the Jetsons. Or Battlestar Gallactica. Which is why we’re completely swooning over GM’s EN-V crazy-looking electric concept cars. The EN-V (Electric Networked Vehicle) comes in three different pod-like designs that function like a Segway-Smart car mash up. Click through for details and exclusive pictures from the Detroit Auto Show!
It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, and it uses gyroscopic sensors to balance the car’s weight and detect the direction and angle of tilt. The sensors can also independently rotate the wheels forward or backward as needed for balance and propulsion. Don’t worry – test drivers have said that when you’re driving, you can’t feel any tilting or wheel movement.
Perhaps the coolest feature of the EN-V is its communication system. It uses sonar to detect pedestrians, other cars, and cyclists, and a slew of other gadgets – cameras, GPS, car-to-car communication – combined with the sonar allow the car to drive all by itself. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about searching for a parking space ever again. With a smartphone, you could simply program your EN-V to park itself and return to you when you need it.
Unfortunately, we won’t see the EN-V on the road for quite some time. GM says it’ll be another 20 or 30 years before consumers really need this type of car, but we’re glad to see they’re thinking ahead.