Two years after showing off the original Electric Networked Vehicle (ENV) concepts at the Beijing Motor Show and Shanghai World Expo, GM is back with Version 2.0. This time around it retains design ideas from the European designed original but it's been refined to be actually usable in the real world rather than just on smooth, flat surfaces. The fully autonomous driving capability, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and electric drive remain but the Segway-based, two-wheel balancing chassis is swapped for a four wheel setup. ENV 2.0 now has amenities such as climate control and some minimal cargo space.
It will be interesting to see how the field trials of this vehicle work out when they begin in the next year or two. Vehicles like this are ideally suited to dense urban environments as part of car sharing systems. Think of it as personal, point-to-point mass-transit.
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