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Chevy Unveils Futuristic Self-Driving Concept Car

Specifications on its top speed and electric driving range are unknown at this time, but its styling may reflect what self-driving cars of the future might look like.

Published: 28-Apr-2015

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show and then the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes caused a sensation with its autonomous F015 self-driving concept car. Only a few months behind its German competitor, GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai rolled out its own version bearing the Chevrolet bowtie.

Called the FNR, the low-slung concept car is all electric using in-wheel hub motors, the power-rating of which wasn't revealed. While GM didn't discuss performance specs - it is, after all, just a concept car - we do know that it's supposed to be capable of autonomous driving. The company's Cadillac brand has already demonstrated the ability to drive autonomously on America's interstate highway system and will make the system available option as early as its 2017 model.

Besides its self-driving capability, the four seat car sports 'dragonfly' doors that rise backwards. The front seats swivel 180 degrees so they can talk with interact with passengers in the back. The car is charged inductively using magnetic fields. Perhaps most futuristic of all, the car uses driver retina recognition to prevent theft.

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