Autonomous concept unveiled in Shanghai.
The Chevrolet-FNR Concept might look like it’s come straight from the set of the next Tron movie, but it’s actually a vision the carmaker has for future mobility. Currently on show at the Shanghai Auto Show, the FNR was developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) whose mission was “to create a unique, intelligent vehicle for tomorrow’s younger consumers by utilizing innovative car networking technology.”
That translates to an autonomous electric vehicle with a high-tech capsule design boasting crystal laser headlights and taillights, “dragonfly dual swing” doors, and a wireless auto-charge system. Power comes from magnetic hubless wheel electric motors, while other sci-fi features include a roof-mounted radar that combines with numerous sensors to map out the surrounding environment, enabling driverless operation. An iris recognition start system will fire up the concept, and once you get going, the front seats swivel 180 degrees, so you can chat to your buddies in the back while the FNR takes care of the driving. However, a few well-placed gestures and the driver can return to manual mode.