Chevrolet unveils FNR self-driving car concept
It might look like something plucked straight from the future, but Chevrolet’s latest innovation is actually their vision of tomorrow’s self-driving electric vehicle.
Called the Chevrolet-FNR, it boasts a futuristic capsule design among other interesting features.
The car is only a concept for now, but offers a glimpse and what some manufacturers are planning for the upcoming self-driving car era.
The car was unveiled at the Shanghai General Motors Gala Night this week.
It was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre (PATAC) joint venture.Chevrolet said the car offered a ‘glimpse at mobility of the future.’
The ‘aim was to create a unique, intelligent vehicle for tomorrow’s younger consumers by utilizing innovative car networking technology,’ said GM.
It has crystal laser headlights and taillights and ‘dragonfly’ dual swing doors that open upwards.
The car also has magnetic hubless electric wheel motors and a wireless autocharging system.
Sensors and roof-mounted radar are used to map the environment nearby for self-driving mode, and you can even turn on the car with your eyes, thanks to its iris recognition start.
While in self-driving mode, the front seats of the vehicle swivel 180 degrees to face the rear seats, so the driver can talk to their passengers.
Using a gesture control feature, though, the driver can switch to manual control mode whenever they want.
Chevrolet notes that the car is just a concept, so there is no release date or planned production date yet.
‘The FNR concept reaffirms Chevrolet’s commitment to offer electric vehicles that meet customer’s lifestyles and are within their reach,’ said Alan Batey, head of global Chevrolet.
At the event Chevrolet also unveiled a new car in its Malibu range, the Bolt EV Concept vehicle and the 2015 Captiva.