General Motors touted the automatic driving mode of its two-wheel electric car when it unveiled the vehicle last month in Shanghai, China. Now there's a video that shows the hands-off driving experience future commuters can expect from the EN-V.
The Segway-inspired vehicle uses GPS, vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication, and anti-crash sensing technologies to ensure that people need not touch their steering wheels ever again. In the new video, GM driver does his best to demonstrate that by holding his arms out and all but shouting "look ma, no hands!" as his EN-V alternately moves forward and spins on a dime.
GM aims to target more than just multitasking fiends who love videoconferencing on the road. Its vehicle could give newfound mobility to people who are currently too young, too old, or disabled, according to Chris Borroni-Bird, director of the EN-V program. We'd hope there's still a lower age limit so that junior doesn't go tearing off in the family's new ride -- but at least driving instructors need not worry about teaching parallel parking ever again.
Why is this guy whispering everything? You'd think he was telling us a secret, not about something they want to publicize and get people excited for.
When will this be available? Maybe they should include this hands off technology in the next generation of vehicles like a bmw or something with a heads up display system. The vehicle displayed above isn't something I'd like to be seen in. I'd only buy it because of the hands off thing. But it looks kinda ridiculous. How good is the safety rating? I can't imagine how well this would go against a semi.
"How good is the safety rating? I can't imagine how well this would go against a semi."
I suppose it would be on par with a motorcycle.
I guess you're right. Still, where are the airbags for this? As with a motorcycle, you'd pretty much just go flying off, but waht about in this case?
How about big cities with big congestion "like NY or London/paris" create special roads for them and use them as cabs. and GM make them completely auto drive. I bet it will benifit the cities too.
yes, this looks like an add!
It looks like the Miao(Magic) concept.
The first time I watched this clip my immediate instinct was to run to the toilet. What does GM think it is doing ... trying to tell people to suck eggs ? I have 3 electric bikes already ..... and the legislation to ride these around town is "typical bueracracy (if you read it to the letter).
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing new about this marketing apart from some (Government-Motors) car manufacturer trying to convince people (like the normal biking community has been for years) to ride a bike OR an Electric Bike.
Sorry GM ... as per other reader. I wouldn't be caught dead in one of these .... artistically they look like something I would dispose of in the proper manner ... pronto. And why pay someone to tell me to do it GM's way when my 3 electric bikes are BEAUTIFUL and current technology and are sure to outperform and underprice this "statement"
Get with the program. We already have electric bikes out there .... SIMPLE .... no new technology (or gift-wrapped marketing required) .... all it requires is common sense and governments to do something useful for a difference.
ps. I have seen electric wheel chairs that can do the same thing.
The Second thing I see in this clip is TWO seats. How many "trucks" in todays cities have 2 passengers. 30:1 cars in downtown have single occupancy. Cha ... do your homework (please) if you\re going to suggest a solution. Corporate ethics are about giving people real solutions to challenges NOT solutions to suit the manufacturer. !!!!!
I can see this as something for congested areas of cities --
i.e. that's the only kind of vehicle permitted.
Why they don't add another wheel or two and get away from this gyro crap is beyond me.
The gyro will be complex, and it has to suck a fair amount of power -- so that will impact the miles per kwh.
Also, I doubt that it makes for a good solution when it's slippery out. I would love to see vids of some of these concepts in typical Minnesota winter conditions.
Hands off EN-V it is really a great inversion & truly looks like a future car. Now I don't have to imagine these cars in dream EN-V is here to place these cars in front of you.
What is with all the robot and self driving stuff/ build one that a blind person can drive. now THAT would be cool.