The first time we sawconcept vehicle was a couple of weeks ago when it was unveiled in Shanghai, China.
In this YouTube video, Chris Borroni-Bird, director of EN-V program, explains how GM designed the vehicle to change the way urban dwellers get around the city.
EN-V's platform evolved from the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility prototype that Segway developed--it even looks like a Segway in a bubble. Segway and GM partnered to develop and deliver multiple copies of the drivetrain platform that seamlessly connect to and power the various EN-Vs, according to a GM news release.
The EN-V is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. Lithium ion batteries power the motors, which produce no emissions.
The vehicle combines a GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies so that the EN-V concept can be driven manually and autonomously. This capability offers the promise of reducing traffic congestion by allowing EN-V to automatically select the fastest route based on real-time traffic information.