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Chevrolet FNR Concept Previews Sci-Fi Future

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The Chevrolet FNR Concept debuted today during the Shanghai Motor Show, previewing GM’s plans for self-driving vehicles.

GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) developed the design, which is meant to preview a future where personal transportation doesn’t rely on gasoline or drivers. The FNR is an electric car that uses crystal laser headlights and taillights. It also has hubless electric wheel motors.

Sound like science fiction? GM acknowledged that its newest concept ventures into that territory, and with more than just the wheel design. The FNR Concept also uses sensors and roof-mounted radar that detect its immediate surroundings to map them out, making autonomous driving possible. It also has an automatic charging feature and iris recognition ignition.

Chevrolet designed the car as a pod and in its autonomous mode, it can convert to seem more like a lunge than a car. The front seats can swivel by 180 degrees to let the front and rear seat occupants face each other. Gesture-based controls are a part of the car and the driver can use them to switch back to manual control quickly.

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