Chevrolet provided a possible glimpse into the future with its FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle – a vehicle with styling that suggests the future is a lot like the movie Blade Runner.
The vehicle’s exterior is essentially a capsule made of glass and metal with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.
It was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, which has developed several other electric concept vehicles, but aimed this one at younger consumers, according to the automaker.
The exterior is not the only futuristic part on the vehicle. The Chevrolet-FNR is loaded with a range of intelligent technologies usually seen only in science fiction movies, including sensors and roof-mounted radar that can map out the environment to enable driverless operation and Chevy Intelligent Assistant.
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In Back to the Future, Dr. Emmett Brown told Marty McFly “where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Well, in a future with FNR, you don’t need car keys or even a key fob. It comes with iris recognition start.
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The Chevrolet-FNR can also serve as a “personal assistant” to map out the best route to the driver’s preferred destination.
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The FNR also has a self-driving mode and the front seats can swivel 180 degrees so the driver and front-seat passenger can swing around to talk with those in the back seat. Additionally, the driver can switch to manual mode through the gesture control feature.
While being able to face passengers in the back is compelling, it’s not unique to autonomous vehicle concepts. Mercedes F 015 concept as well as GAC’s WitStar concept also featured 180-degree seats. In fact, the WitStar, which was shown in Detroit this year, featured a fish tank as an armrest between the two rear seats as well.