April 22, 2015 -
The “Find New Roads” (FNR) concept car is an autonomous electric vehicle developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, a joint venture with Chinese partner SAIC Motor.
The sensors are used to monitor the driver’s biometrics, switching the vehicle to autonomous mode if the system detects driver fatigue.
Other key features include magnetic, in-wheel electric motors that can be charged wirelessly, sensors and a roof-mounted radar that establishes a route for driver-less operation, and the ability to drive in either manual or self-driving mode.
The car “reaffirms Chevrolet’s commitment to offer electric vehicles that meet customers lifestyles,” said global Chevy chief Alan Batey at the event.
He said it’s “just the start of our efforts to meet the transportation efforts of the future,” and that GM is exploring the technological capabilities outlined in the FNR.
Though the FNR is not expected to go into production anytime soon, the automotive industry will likely see similar concepts at auto shows over the next few years.
Previously reported, VOXX Electronics Corporation has integrated EyeLock’s iris identity authentication technology into a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, which validates the driver and authorizes the vehicle to start.