Chevrolet FNR Concept melds fact and fantasy
Looking like it rolled off the set of some high-budget Sci-Fi flick, the Chevrolet-FNR -- for "Find New Roads" -- is a one-off autonomous EV design exercise developed in Shanghai by GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture. Making its global debut at the show and intended to serve as "an intelligent vehicle for tomorrow's younger consumers," the automaker claims this Chevy dream making offers a glimpse at mobility of the future, circa 2030. The collective work of engineering, design and electrification teams, it clearly pushes the limits of convention.
Despite decidedly Tron-like styling that's not likely to fare particularly well in any crash testing, the Chevrolet-FNR does feature a number of interesting tech touches from magnetic hubless wheel motors and inductive auto-charging capabilities to a full range of interactive vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure networking capabilities. The car uses iris recognition for starting, can be switched from manual to full autonomous mode using gesture control, at which point its roof-mounted radar plus a battery of sensors fully engage to precisely map out and react to the surrounding environment in real time, even offering helpful tips on destination routing to meet its owner's specific preferences.
Bookended by crystal laser headlamps and taillamps and accented with countless blue-hued mini LEDs, the Chevrolet-FNR's central body capsule is accessed via dual "dragonfly" swing-up doors. While we can't help but wonder about the absolute comfort of its avant-garde, bio-interactive seats, Chevy says the two front perches can be rotated 180 degrees when the car is in hands-free mode to create a more intimate lounge-like social space.
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