Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The future of commuting promise auto-driving, self-parking cars

By 2030, urban areas will be home to more than 60 percent of the world’s 8 billion people. There will be more than 1.2 billion cars on the earth in 30 years.

While I was browsing through endless threads of Consumer Electronics Show 2011 reports, I stumbled across this rickshaw-like futuristic car. The report said; General Motors demonstrated EN-V (Electric Networked Vehicle), using a driving course set up outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Two wheeled, two passenger EN-V's first unveiled & showcased in World Expo 2010 Shanghai. Concept's most impressive feature is its autonomous driving capability. Either it can drive on a set route on its own, or navigate via GPS. Moreover, an EN-V can follow another autonomously, avoiding hitting the other, thanks to a sensing technology. With its advanced sensors EN-V can detect obstacles in its path, including pedestrians or other vehicles, and automatically come to a stop. 

GM's concept car includes an astonishing feature, that many Istanbulite drivers crave; EN-V can park itself and automatically return to the user when summoned from a smartphone application. Six EN-V's can fit into a standard American parking space. 

With its top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) and a range of 40 km (25 miles), General Motors’ EN-V concept may be a hip way of commuting in the future. 

Image credit: General Motors


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