The Car of The Future – En-v

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GM designed the EN-V, which had its North American debut last week at CES, to fill the niche of short-range urban transport,

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where roads are tighter and parking space is limited, but driving distances are shorter than rural or suburban trips.

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It’s about half the length of a Smart car and weighs only 900 lbs.

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Each model – Miao, Jiao, and Xiao – has its own unique style and color,

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but they all have two-seat cabins fitted onto a two-wheel base, co-designed by Segway.

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The base provides extreme mobility and allows the car to do cool things, like turn in place.

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It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, and it uses gyroscopic sensors to balance the car’s weight and detect the direction and angle of tilt.

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The sensors can also independently rotate the wheels forward or backward as needed for balance and propulsion.

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Don’t worry – test drivers have said that when you’re driving, you can’t feel any tilting or wheel movement.

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Perhaps the coolest feature of the EN-V is its communication system.

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It uses sonar to detect pedestrians, other cars, and cyclists, and a slew of other gadgets – cameras, GPS, car-to-car communication – combined with the sonar allow the car to drive all by itself.

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Plus, you’ll never have to worry about searching for a parking space ever again. With a smartphone, you could simply program your EN-V to park itself and return to you when you need it.

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Unfortunately, we won’t see the EN-V on the road for quite some time.

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GM says it’ll be another 20 or 30 years before consumers really need this type of car, but we’re glad to see they’re thinking ahead.

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