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GM Makes Impact with Collision Avoidance Technology

Maker displays latest capabilities at ITS show in Detroit.

by on Sep.09, 2014

The Opel Insignia demonstrates intersection collision avoidance with a Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 second generation electric networked vehicle.

In July, the streets of Belle Isle, Detroit’s history island park in the Detroit River, saw Indy cars roaring around the road venue, but now it is hosting self-driving two-seaters that are closer to floating bubbles than open-wheel racers.

The night after Mary Barra, General Motors CEO, announced the Cadillac brand will be the first of the maker’s products to get Super Cruise, a slew of technologies that make a vehicle nearly autonomous, the maker showed off the next step in that technology, led by the second generation EN-V, Chevrolet’s electric networked vehicle.

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GM showed off its original two-wheeled EN-V concept in 2010 at Shanghai World Expo, but the latest version is a four-wheeler with all-wheel drive that uses a slew of cameras, laser radar (lidar) and V2X communications “offer a hands-free, low-speed electric driving experience.” (more…)

First Look: GM EN-V 2.0

An electric rickshaw?

by on Apr.25, 2012

A rendering of the second-generation networked vehicle, GM's EN-V 2.0.

It looks more like an electric rickshaw than a conventional automobile – which may be one reason why General Motors chose to unveil its second-generation “Electric Networked Vehicle” at Auto China 2012.

But the little 2-seater points to the future of transportation, rather than the past, according to Kevin Wales, the president of the GM China Group, who called EN-V 2.0 “a more practical design” than the quirky little runabout the maker originally introduce in Shanghai two years ago.

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The first, pod-like EN-V might have looked like a concoction whipped up for a sci-fi adventure film but it was deadly serious and aimed at solving some of the most pressing problems facing automotive manufacturers, regulators and motorists alike: the need to eliminate automotive emissions, reduce energy consumption and minimize traffic snarls, especially in car-choked cities like Beijing or Shanghai.

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GM Developing New EN-V

Rickshaw-like battery vehicle targets inner-city commuters.

by on Oct.13, 2011

The 2nd-generation Chevrolet EN-V could appeal to entry-level commuters, the maker believes.

It looks like a self-propelled rickshaw, with more in common with the quirky Segway personal mobility device than a conventional automobile, but General Motors is convinced its EN-V concept vehicle could play a major role in the future of transportation.

So, the U.S. maker says it will develop a second-generation EN-V to not only test out the idea of operating on only two wheels but also to explore concepts that include autonomous mobility – the sci-fi fantasy of cars that can operate entirely on their own.

“We someday anticipate connecting all vehicles through a mobility network that could include autonomous driving,” said Jim Federico, a senior product executive with GM, which showed off a prototype of the EN-V gen-two during a news conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet brand.

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The original concept, first shown at the 2009 New York Auto Show, carried a generic GM badge. The switch to Chevrolet reflects that brand’s role as the primary provider of basic transportation within the General Motors family, explained Chip Perry, GM’s vice president of global marketing.

“By 2030, more than 60% of the world’s 8 billion people will live in urban areas,” he noted.  “The Chevrolet EN-V represents a possible solution for global customers living in markets where alternative transportations solutions are needed.”

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First Look: GM EN-V Concept

Meet Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh).

by on Mar.24, 2010

No word on the price or production plans.

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation  Group (SAIC) and its partner General Motors Company will show an electric vehicle concept at an exhibition in Shanghai at World Expo 2010 later this year.

So called, EN-V, short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, is a two-seat electric vehicle designed to “alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities.”

Three EN-V models were unveiled today. They are said to represent three different characteristics that emphasize the “enjoyable nature” of future transportation – Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh).

These concepts will be showcased from May 1 through October 31 at the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai.

By combining GPS) with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing, EN-V concept can be driven manually or autonomously.

The Chinese auto market is the worlds largest and, unlike the U.S. and Europe markets it is still growing robustly.

EN-V’s platform has evolved from the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) prototype developed by Segway, which debuted in April 2009 at the New York Auto Show.      (more…)