General Motors today said it will roll out five-foot-long, pod-like, concept vehicles that run on electricity and communicate with surrounding cars.
Known as Electric Networked Vehicles (EN-V), the concept cars are designed for use in high-population areas and will go on display at the World Expo in Shanghai on May 1st, says a story on MSN.com. Working with electric scooter maker, Segway, GM developed the concept vehicles in its studios in Australia, Europe and the United States.
The vehicles are said to be a scant 60 inches long, 56 inches wide, and 69 inches tall at their highest points. They average about 900 pounds in weight. Their bodies are said to be built from lightweight plastic and carbon fibers.
All of the EN-V concepts are powered by a Segway powertrain – brushless DC wheel motors that provide propulsion and braking. MSN’s story says that the EN-V will constantly communicate with traffic management networks to find the most efficient route to a prescribed destination.