Chevrolet has revealed a new concept car at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show called the ‘FNR’. And it is BRILLIANT! It seems dangerous and futuristic at the same time.
Developed in Shanghai by GM’s Asia tech hub, there is talk of laser headlights and car networking and tomorrow’s world technology.
It’s essentially a self-driving electric mobility ‘capsule’. The wheels have magnetic hubless electric motors embedded inside, it features a wireless charging system, crystal laser head- and tail- lights, ‘dragonfly’ upwards-opening doors and a sharp, angular and downright excellent body shape pinched straight out of a comic book. So far, so very cool.
Step inside however, and everything suddenly turns all Skynet. There is an ‘iris recognition’ start system. There is a roof-mounted radar that – for now at least – maps out the environment to enable it to self pilot. Sure, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class does that today, but then the Mercedes-Benz S-Class doesn’t look like the T-1000’s personal ride.
Chevy said the FNR concept can also serve as a ‘personal assistant’ to map out a preferred route. There’s gesture control, swivel seats and many sensors.
“The Chevrolet FNR is loaded with a range of intelligent technologies usually seen only in science fiction movies,” says Chevy. Well, we’ve seen enough science fiction movies with autonomous robots involved to know the meaning of fear… I am getting goosebumps!