• Apr 13th 2010 at 5:59PM
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GM EN-V urban mobility concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

What does the future of transportation look like in overly congested urban centers? General Motors would like us to believe that its EN-V urban mobility concept provides the answer. This ultra-hip two-seater breaks just about every mold that we are accustomed to in the automobile world yet could provide a real solution to a growing population/congestion problem.

Unveiled a few weeks back, the EN-V trio will be on display at the World Expo in Shanghai next month but GM has provided some video footage ahead of the event to help us understand why the EN-V is the perfect solution for the future. With all of the gadgets and gizmos on-board, this is one technologically-advanced concept that GM boasts will put an end to congestion on roadways, eliminate dreaded traffic jams and make fender-benders a thing of the past. That's a tall order for this offspring of Wall-E and a Roomba to fulfill, but we're willing to give it a go. Follow us after the jump to see what the EN-V is all about.

[Source: GM Blogs]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      interesting experiment but might not work for realz. try it in new york and see.
      seems to have a few problems to me.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Perhaps GM should first work on being profitable by making cars in the here and now.
      • 8 Months Ago
      It looks like a Dalek.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I can get that kind of transportation cheaper at the Scooter Store. I think the
      'electric chairs' for the disabled are a great idea for urban transportation, but
      nobody would use them because they are associated with having some kind
      of handicap; but they would be great on say, a university campus that's spread
      over the landscape. When I visit my daughter's campus, there is so much
      distance to cover class-to-class and only so much time to get there, and
      carrying all the stuff they have to trudge around with. It's great exercise, but
      daunting. A Scooter Store type vehicle would be a great way to get around
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great, crash into a wall and trapped in vehicle.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The concept picture has horrible blind spots. Design Fail.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The only thing GM is getting close to is a second bankruptcy. Make vehicles GM.. you know, things you can sell. To uh... what's the term.... oh ya, "make money".
      • 8 Months Ago
      Blind spots? Scooter Store? The EN-V is an autonomous vehicle. You do not have to drive it, just watch the video - they state clearly that it can be used by people who do not know how to drive or are disabled or too old to drive.

      I am all for this. I just think that all vehicles should be autonomous. I have no interest in trusting the moron in the next lane to be 1) sober, 2) paying attention and 3) to be as good a driver as I am.

      We used to make fire by rubbing sticks together. Now: matches, a lighter, electric range, microwave oven, laser weapons.

      We used to have to dig in the dirt with a branch or a stick to plant crops. Until: ox and plow. Now: tractors and cultivating machines, hydroponic systems like Valcent's VertiCrop system.

      We used to have to carry heavy stuff on our back, maybe using dozens or hundreds of people to push or pull on really heavy stuff. Now: fork lifts, cranes, robots (still waiting for the "loader" from the movie Aliens).

      In the future we'll be saying: We used to have to take our important time, attention and energy to guide dumb vehicles to our destination, and 40,000 of us died each year because of the stupidity or carelessness of some people. Until: autonomous vehicles did away with auto accidents and freed up our time to do other stuff we want to do.

      Gripe all you want. Autonomous vehicles are the future. Maybe they'll be smart enough to let you THINK you're controlling the vehicle but they'll step in when you prove your stupidity behind the wheel.
      • 8 Months Ago
      GM would be wise to kill this project and hydrogen cars.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Ha ha. Another fine hydrogen BURN. Way to go TechSword.

        Just look at the story right here on ABG about the H2 filling station that cannot handle more than 15 vehicles IN A DAY ! ! ! And they're working hard to come up with a new station design that will be able to handle 4 times as many -- wow, 45 vehicles per day!

        Hydrogen is a scam and a sham. It has one purpose - to keep us addicted to oil.
        • 8 Months Ago
        LOL!!! This has a far greater chance of succeeding than the hydrogen crap. No amount of engineering in the world's going to make that a reasonable prospect anytime soon. It's just a token project headed no where.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The average speed of taxis in nyc is 9-11 mph so all the extra power of v8 engines is largely going to waste and smaller, lighter, faster vehicles could easily replace a good portion of the taxi traffic.

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